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Yahoo Investors Can Reap $11 Billion in Breakup: Real M&A

Yahoo! Inc. shareholders are inching closer to a potential $11 billion windfall.

Activist fund Starboard Value LP stepped up pressure on Yahoo last week to break itself up, a move analysts say could amount to an $11 billion market value gain. Starboard’s proposals include Yahoo selling its valuable stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo Japan Corp. and merging with advertising rival AOL Inc. The ideas lay out a plan for rewarding investors who are losing confidence in Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer’s ability to create value with the acquisitions she’s been making.