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IBM + Red Hat: Is This Cloud Acquisition a Winner?
IBM + Red Hat: Is This Cloud Acquisition a Winner? Assuming it passes muster -- and there’s no reason to expect it won’t -- IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) announced purchase of Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) for $33 billion will make it the third-largest M&A deal in the U.S. tech space ever. So even for a legacy giant, this is serious business. And at $190 a share, it’s paying a 63% premium from where the target closed Friday. So for investors, the obvious question is: What is it about this particular deal that makes it so vital for IBM? To explain what’s up, MarketFoolery host Mac Greer has analysts Emily Flippen and Jason Moser join him for this podcast to review the competitive situation in the cloud, and talk about the ways the Red Hat acquisition will enhance IBM’s offerings, and consider how this linkup could play out.
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