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The Bedford Report

October 15, 2010 08:46 ET

Potential Yahoo Buyout Sends Shockwaves Through Tech Sector

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on AOL and Yahoo!

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 15, 2010) - This month the Internet Information Providers Industry has become a hotbed of Merger and Acquisition activity and speculation. As companies get larger and experience diminishing returns in their core business, they are showing their willingness to utilize their large resource pools to acquire smaller companies in a race to diversify themselves. Given the limited opportunities for meaningful acquisitions, the companies in stronger financial positions, and the willingness to act, stand to gain the most from such activities. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Internet Information Providers Industry and provides research reports on AOL, Inc. (NYSE: AOL) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Shares of Yahoo have skyrocketed on heavy volume the past two days after a report in The Wall Street Journal claimed AOL, along with multiple private-equity firms including The Blackstone Group, are considering buying Yahoo. While more firms such as Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation could also be interested in the deal, Yahoo has yet to be involved in the talks.The rumours have certainly raised some eyebrows throughout the analyst community since AOL's market cap of $2.7B is just a fraction of Yahoo's $20.6B. This isn't the first time Yahoo has been involved in takeover talks. Back in 2008 Microsoft Corp. offered to pay as much as $47.5 billion for Yahoo.

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Because of the difference in AOL and Yahoo's market caps, some creative strategies would need to be developed in order to make the deal happen. The Wall Street Journal identified one such scenario as having Yahoo sell its 40% stake in Alibaba along with several other assets.

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