9 Companies That Should Buy All (or Part) of HP

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    Don Reisinger

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OracleFirst and foremost, Oracle seems like the ideal candidate to acquire HP. Not only does the company have the cash and shareholder value to pull off such a deal, but buying HP could prove to be the right synergy for the firm. Will HP accept such a deal? It's tough to say. But for Oracle, it's worth a shot.

All kinds of trouble is breaking loose at HP. The company has a new CEO -- its second in the last year -- and its stock price is plummeting. HP's PC division is in shambles, and might soon be spun off to make the parent company more financially sound. The HP TouchPad has been discontinued, and WebOS is being all but ignored. To say that HP itself might be in trouble would be an understatement. But for potential suitors, HP's troubles are turning out to be a good thing. Not only does the company's declining stock price make it cheaper to acquire the firm, but shareholder complaints about the stock seem to indicate that if such a deal were offered, the PC giant would be more likely to accept a deal than ever before. Talk of an HP acquisition first cropped up recently when analysts, and then a report from Bloomberg suggested Oracle was at least considering acquiring HP. Neither firm has confirmed those details, of course, but the idea of such an acquisition is intriguing, to say the least. Here's a look at some of the companies that could be strong contenders to acquire HP. And if they can't buy HP outright, some of the following firms could potentially acquire one of HP's divisions, like the PC business.

This article was originally published on 2011-10-03
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.