Icahn defends Dell assault

Wall Street raider Carl Icahn (pictured) has defended his attacks on computer giant Dell and offshore oil rig operator Transocean, saying they need "shaking up" for shareholders' benefit. A day after singling out the two companies for his legendary brand of investor activism, Icahn said he was doing what he has always done: pressing companies and chief executives to perform better.

Wall Street raider Carl Icahn (pictured) has defended his attacks on computer giant Dell and offshore oil rig operator Transocean, saying they need "shaking up" for shareholders' benefit. A day after singling out the two companies for his legendary brand of investor activism, Icahn said he was doing what he has always done: pressing companies and chief executives to perform better.

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