Ever since the announcement of the Alcatel-Lucent merger, Juniper Networks' stock has been in flux amid speculation that the company is the next big opportunity for buyers. Reports the Motorola, Siemens and Ericsson were on the hunt for deals added more gains to Juniper's stock. Analysts see the company, which produces routers for video, voice and data, as "a paramount takeover candidate." Juniper has a market capitalization of about $12 billion, while its rival Cisco is worth close to $130 billion. While speculation has already floated around regarding an Ericsson buy of Juniper, analysts have continually said that such a move is not in Ericsson's best interest: It would be too dilutive.
For more on the possible acquisition of Juniper:
- take a look at this article from The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)