Rackspace Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Web hosting and cloud-computing vendor Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX  ) popped more than 10% in early trading today.

So What: There are twin engines behind this move: speculation that Dell (Nasdaq: DELL  ) might choose to buy Rackspace to expand its cloud-computing acumen, and a halo effect around strong results from rival Terremark Worldwide (Nasdaq: TMRK  ) . Rackspace has now returned 43% over the last three months to its shareholders, or 52% in six months.

Now What: You'll notice that neither the takeover rumor nor Terremark's spectacular quarter speak directly to Rackspace's own business. The company is set to report earnings next Monday, and it has a history of delivering exactly what analysts are looking for. As for the takeover chatter, Rackspace is a fabulous business, with Dell as a major equipment supplier. Given the synergies the two companies could jointly exploit, it would be silly to write off the possibility.

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