The Sun is setting slowly. But there's no stopping the sunset.
Database titan Oracle
That's not exactly the same thing as closing the deal, but we're getting pretty darn close. You could still buy some Sun stock, wait for final approval, and reap a 1.5% return on your investment. The fact that the stock still trades below Oracle's $9.50-per-share buyout price means that a few shareholders still expect the deal to fall through. But I wouldn't advise anybody to short the stock or buy put options today. Chances are that Sun will set in Larry Ellison's backyard.
This has been a low-drama deal so far, and I don't expect that to change. IBM
If you want high drama, you could take a look at the Data Domain saga, where NetApp
So the Sun deal is just about done. Oracle is becoming the Big Blue 2.0 that Sun always wanted to be, but never had the scale to pull off. Its hardware, software, and databases are all under one roof.
Where's the next big buyout in tech? There are plenty of hungry giants out there with cash to spare, and the next blockbuster deal can't be too far off. In the meantime, you can read up on recent merger activity below. Or leave a comment on whether you think this deal actually makes sense; are Oracle and Sun a match made in heaven, or is Larry Ellison creating a monster he can’t control?
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