Priced to Move

This past weekend, technology giant SAP AG (SAP) announced plans to acquire cloud software maker SuccessFactors (SFSF) for $40 per share cash at a 50% premium -- a very nice treat for SFSF shareholders. Owning shares in a company that is ultimately acquired at a healthy premium is often more luck than skill, but a welcome portfolio boost nonetheless.

There's no particular set of characteristics to identify one business as a better takeover candidate over another. Ultimately, it's what the buyer is looking for and how much it will cost. While it's mere speculation to buy shares purely in hopes of a takeover, there are attractively priced businesses that not only appear to be sensible investments, but may also be interesting takeover targets. Invest according to the merits of the business first and look at the potential buyout as a free option -- with a potentially big payoff....384 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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