Yahoo set to rebuff Microsoft bid as too low

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is set to reject Microsoft Corp's unsolicited bid, now worth $42 billion, as too low, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Saturday -- the first clear signal the board might be prepared to negotiate and sell the Internet media giant.

The Wall Street Journal had quoted an unnamed source as saying Microsoft's offer of $31 per share was an attempt to "steal" the company and that Yahoo was unlikely to consider anything under $40 per share -- double its price in January.


At $40 per share, the value of the cash and stock deal would be worth $51.1 billion.

If completed, a merger of Microsoft and Yahoo would be the world's largest of two computer technology companies and create a formidable rival to Internet search and advertising leader Google Inc.

Yahoo has been considering options, including negotiating a higher price and striking a deal with Google to take over its search operations to keep Yahoo independent, the Journal said.

The newspaper reported Yahoo's board met on Friday.

No alternate bidder has emerged and Wall Street has been betting that the likeliest outcome was for Yahoo board's to negotiate for a higher price from Microsoft.

"Are they really seriously about nothing less than $40 or is it a negotiating tactic to try to get a richer price?" Global Crown Capital analyst Martin Pyykkonen said.

source : reuters.com



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