This week, News Corp. (NWS) submitted a $5 billion bid for Dow Jones (DJ) – that’s a 65% premium – now shareholders are hanging on for the ride, even exchange traded funds (ETFs). Dan Gallagher and Angela Moore of report the Bancroft family (they control a majority of the voting shares) are opposed to the bid, so the board of directors is taking no action.  DJ, like other newspaper companies, have a dual-class stock structure that concentrates most voting power in the hands of a controlling family.  These so-called supervoting arrangements prevent a hostile takeover.

PowerShares Dynamic Media (PBS) was up almost 2% on the takeover news and is up just 4% this year. NWS makes up 5.11% of the fund and DJ makes up 2.64%, while Direct TV Group (DTV) makes up 5.1%, and Disney (DIS) holds 5.04%. Stay tuned…


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