Top Analyst: 5 Potential Tech Takeout Targets

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 6:11 PM ET

There’s no denying that the cloud computing space is ripe for the picking.

First there was 3Par acquired by Hewlett Packard , then Netezza by IBM . And on Monday we saw Isilon get taken out by EMC .

In the wake of all the action we can’t help but wonder who’s next?

Seems like Brian Marshall of Gleacher feels the same. He put out a report outlining who he thinks are the top 5 take out candidates. They follows:

Power Rankings
The next M&A targets in enterprise infrastructure.

#1 Quantum Corporation
#2 Compellent Technologies
#3 Riverbed Technologies
#4 CommVault Systems
#5 F5 Networks
Source: Gleacher

What should you make of this list?

I think companies with a market cap of $1.5 billion or less are probably the most attractive takeout candidates, says Pete Najarian. As a result I'd take Riverbed and F5 off my short list of likely candidates.

Compellent trades north of 65 times earnings so it’s not a value trade, says Guy Adami. However there is chatter that HP is sniffing around this name.

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