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Red Hat-Oracle Rumors Move Stock

Oracle doesn't have a history of buying companies that are still fast-growing

There was a flurry of activity in Red Hat stock Monday - up 17% at one point - on what were called "widely published" rumors Oracle might buy it.

Remember how Oracle copped Red Hat's Linux for its own six years ago and how it was going to eat Red's lunch? There's been Oracle-Red Hat speculation off and on ever since.

Anyway, Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert waded in and said it made sense - and was even "eventually highly likely" - but the timing is all wrong in part because of the potential Sun-IBM deal and the "pursuant uncertainty around whether IBM would continue to be an advocate for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) once they owned both AIX and OpenSolaris development."

Seems a bit farfetched but you never know.

Oracle also doesn't have a history of buying companies that are still fast-growing, she said.

What Oracle did buy Monday was Relsys, whose software is used by pharmaceutical companies to track drug safety, for an undisclosed and therefore immaterial amount of money, another of Oracle's niche plays but potentially not a niche given the White House's desire to remake the American healthcare system.

The Wall Street Journal noted that Relsys competes directly with Oracle's own AERS software.

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