Google and Microsoft are Rumored to be Considering a Bid for Yahoo!

Bloomberg is reporting today that both Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) are rumored to be considering a bid for Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO). Yahoo, which generates billions of page views per month, is seen as a valuable acquisition primarily for its audience size and content.  It has long been a laggard technologically.

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Following is some information about these companies’ stock price performance.

  • Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): The shares closed at $590.49, up $6.82, or 1.17%, on the day.  The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96 and its market capitalization is $190.66 billion.  About the company: Google, Inc. is a global technology company that provides a web based search engine through its website.  The Company offers a wide range of search options, including web, image, groups, directory, and news searches.
  • Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): The shares closed at $27.16, up $0.12, or 0.44%, on the day.  The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 yo $29.46 and its market capitalization is $227.55 billion.  About the company: Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports software products.  The Company offers operating system software, server application software, business and consumer applications software, software development tools, and Internet and intranet software.  Microsoft also develops video game consoles and digital music entertainment devices.
  • Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO):  The shares close at $16.12, down $0.06, or 0.37%, on the day.  The shares have traded in a 52-week range of $11.09 to $18.84 and its market capitalization is $20.35 billion.  About the company: Yahoo! Inc. is a global Internet media company that offers an online guide to Web navigation, aggregated information content, communications services, and commerce.  The Company’s site includes a hierarchical, subject-based directory of Web sites, which enables users to locate and access information and services through hypertext links included in the directory.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from Google Finance.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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