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More Takeover Rumors: Cisco Could Buy Research in Motion?


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Analysts are all over the place with takeover rumors and the most recent is from a UBS analyst who says RIM could be the target of a takeover by Cisco. According to analyst Phillip Huang, Cisco and RIM have more synergies than with Microsoft, and a takeover could happen if RIM’s stock gets low enough.

“Though we see RIM facing many challenges, we see timing of (the) impact of some as overstated and believe material share devaluation from current levels make RIM a potential M & A (merger and acquisition) target,” Huang wrote in a research note.
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Analysts predict RIM to benefit from Palm Pre launch


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On June 18th, 2009 after the close of the market, RIM will be announcing their Q1 2010 fiscal results. The conference call and live webcast will begin at 5 pm ET, which can be accessed by dialing 800-733-7571 or by logging on at RIM.com.

Analysts at UBS predicted RIM’s first-quarter results for fiscal 2010 will benefit from the intensifying carrier competition that is driving subsidies and promotion for data-intensive devices.

“Although perhaps a little counter-intuitive, we believe the launch of the Palm Pre and Apple iPhone will benefit RIM due to increased carrier competition,” they said in a report yesterday.

The analysts not only expect Verizon to continue to promote BlackBerry, but that potential renegotiations between AT&T and Apple could also help RIM.

The stock has risen roughly 20% since early May, reflecting increasing bullishness around the quarter and guidance, but UBS noted that expectations are high for the second quarter as well.

“Although we maintain our view of potential upside from enterprise replacements medium-term, at current valuations we believe much of the near-term upside may be incorporated into expectations,” the analysts warned.


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