Is RIM's stock in play as a takeover target?
On Thursday, the stock was downgraded by Oppenheimer after the brokerage house said a bid for RIM was unlikely and that the company needed to address the competitive challenges it faces. According to Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu, the possible suitors for RIM were said to include Cisco Systems-the most likely due to its focus on enterprise and infrastructure, Microsoft and Oracle. Wu feels that RIM would go for $40 to $50 billion which works out to a price range of $74 to $92, quite a distance from the current $55 stock price. But the analyst believes that Canadian authorities would never allow one of its top tech companies and an iconic Canadian firm, to be bought out.