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Stires, David. 2003. Ready to get swallowed. URL
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We found three takeover targets that look appetizing. Buy now—and you may catch some big profits later. Merger mania is back! Or at least that's the impression you get from reading the headlines. In the past month Oracle has launched a $6.3 billion hostile takeover of PeopleSoft; Idec and Biogen have joined forces in a $6.4 billion stock swap; and a host of bidders have offered as much as $15 billion for Vivendi Universal's entertainment assets. After watching the number of deals in the U.S. fall steadily in the past several years—to fewer than 7,000 last year from a high of more than 12,000 in 1998—Wall Street is buzzing over the recent spate of merger proposals. (David Stires)