With the monster deal of AT&T (NYSE:T) buying out DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV), it got us thinking about whether there's ever a good time to jump on a stock during a merger or acquisition. It also made us consider a few previous couplings that would probably be better if they broke up -- hello, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Skype -- and a few minglings we'd like to see happen, such as Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) gobbling up Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG).

In the video below, Motley Fool banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and contributor David Hanson talk about mergers, acquisitions, and spinoffs they'd like to see.

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David Hanson owns shares of Zillow. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Zillow. The Motley Fool recommends DirecTV, Google (C shares), and Zillow. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google (C shares), Microsoft, and Zillow. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.