Here’s a recent report from FactSet that shows the trend toward activism at large- and mega-cap companies. Here’s an excerpt from the report:
The number of activist campaigns launched against Mega cap (greater than $50 billion in market value) and Large cap (greater than $10 billion in market value) companies in 2015 made up 8% of the total number of activist campaigns tracked by FactSet SharkRepellent (30 out of 375). This represented an increase from 2014, when these companies constituted 6.4% of the total number of activist campaigns (22 out of 345). Campaigns against Mega cap and Large cap firms have been increasing since 2009, when there were only six campaigns of this type, consisting of only 2.6% of the total (six out of 230). So far in 2016, there have been 104 total activist campaigns announced and four have involved a Mega cap or Large cap target. This is right near the number of campaigns against Mega cap and Large cap firms at the same point in 2015 (seven) and 2014 (five).