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Icahn sees energy sector rebound but urges patience

Stock MarketsOct 09, 2020 10:20AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss

BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Thursday the energy sector will bounce back one day but shareholders need to be very patient and he is not urging people to buy.

Icahn, with stakes in CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI), Cheniere Energy (NYSE:LNG) and Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY), said the key to making money is to buy when companies are out of favor.

"I'm not saying go out and buy energy stocks tomorrow," he noted at the 13D Monitor Conference on activist investing.

But Icahn said, without elaborating, that he was bracing for a sweep of bankruptcies in the sector, which is in a slump as demand has plunged during the coronavirus pandemic. He joked that in three years time, people may kick themselves for not having snapped up inexpensive energy companies in 2020.

Icahn's investment style, he acknowledged, is a little different as an activist who proposes remedies to companies with management problems and often wins board seats.

"We've been really helpful at many companies," often by freeing them from incompetent management, Icahn said. Forbes estimates his net worth at $16.7 billion.

Critics have called him a corporate raider for his hostile takeover in 1985 of Trans World Airlines whose assets he stripped, leading to its demise.

"I work all day, don't ask me why," said Icahn, aged 84, when most people are comfortably retired. "I have a lot of different deals going on. I like the action."

Icahn sees energy sector rebound but urges patience
 

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Noah Cummings
Noah Cummings Oct 08, 2020 9:03PM ET
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Hertz hangover still having effects on this guy
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This old coot has been saying this for 6 years now. Back in about 2012 he also said “$70 oil is here to stay.” Typical uneducated friend of Donny’s.
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Angus Malarkey Oct 08, 2020 8:59PM ET
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My Hero!
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LOL! That’s a good one, Angus!
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I'll bet his net worth > Your whole families...trailers and all.
 
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