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Duke Energy's stock spikes up, then pares gains after WSJ report that activist investor is urging to split up

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By Tomi Kilgore

Shares of Duke Energy Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201480230/composite DUK +0.22% spiked up as much as 4.8% in midday trading, before paring gains to be up 0.7%, after The Wall Street Journal reported that activist investor Elliott Management Corp. is urging the electric utility to separate into three companies. The stock was the best performer among components of the SPDR Utilities Select Sector ETF /zigman2/quotes/206645117/composite XLU +0.23% , which fell 0.5% in midday trading. The WSJ report said Elliott is seeking seats on Duke's board of directors, and wants the company to for a committee to explore the possibility of separating into three companies, based on the three major geographies the company serves, which are the Carolinas, Florida and part of the Midwest. The WSU previously reported that Elliott was one of Duke's 10-largest shareholders. Duke's stock has gained 13.3% year to date, while utilities ETF has tacked on 4.7% and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.19% has advanced 10.5%.

/zigman2/quotes/201480230/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 101.93
+0.22 +0.22%
Volume: 1.91M
June 11, 2021 4:02p
P/E Ratio
58.41
Dividend Yield
3.79%
Market Cap
$78.41 billion
Rev. per Employee
$866,824
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/zigman2/quotes/206645117/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE Arca
$ 66.11
+0.15 +0.23%
Volume: 9.10M
June 11, 2021 4:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
4,247.44
+8.26 +0.19%
Volume: 1.69B
June 11, 2021 5:16p
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