Western Digital Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Western Digital (NYSE: WDC  ) soared more than 10% in intraday trading today after rumors surfaced that data storage peer Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX  ) is being shopped to an acquirer.

So what: As often happens when buyout rumors surface, Seagate rose more than 20% on the news. Western Digital appears to be rising for no other reason because it offers much of what Seagate offers. Call it a sympathy pop.

Now what: I'm not usually one to advocate buying when the speculative sharks are circling, especially in a competitive market like data storage, where emerging solid-state drive suppliers STEC (Nasdaq: STEC  ) and SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK  ) are growing more formidable. Still, the Seagate rumors could've created an opportunity. Western Digital is cash-rich and blessed with a strong brand name in an important market. More institutions are going to see that now, and that means more institutional buying and higher prices.

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