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Two Ways To Play: Yahoo Comes Crawling Back

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According to Bloomberg, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Jerry Yang will likely have to return to the negotiating table with Microsoft (MSFT).

Citigroup Analyst Mark Mahaney says Yang is running out of options after Google walked away earlier today. And with Yahoo's history of declining market share and dwindling cash flow, Mahaney believes the company can't go it alone.

Mahaney, rated top Internet analyst by Institutional Investor magazine, says Yahoo's performance over the long term has been extremely disappointing - and now the market doesn't believe the company can turn itself around organically.

Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Jeff Lindsay agrees. He's quoted as saying, "The only path really left for Yahoo at this point is to do a deal with Microsoft." He thinks Microsoft may offer $20 a share next year.

From the Bull Pen: "Yahoo looks like it wants to get taken over," Toddo yelled out today from his turret. Those bullish can use a tight stop or call options (defined risk) on upside attempts.

From the Bear Cave: Professor Smita Sadana gave a great analysis of Google (GOOG) on today's Buzz. In the event it breaks to the downside, look for the Ultrashort QQQ (QID) to make a strong move upward. But remember to keep your losses small and stops tight when using this volatile machine.
Position in QID

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