Are #Cybersecurity #Stocks the Next #Big Buyout #Targets?

It comes as no surprise to many on Wall Street that Oclaro Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) was bought in a cash and stock for $1 billion by Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE). For the past few years, many analysts predicted mergers and acquisition activity in this space and others, as the bigger companies looked to address growth and new capabilities by purchasing smaller companies.

While nobody knows for sure the next sector target, we found four companies in the cybersecurity world that are all rated Buy at Merrill Lynch and would be very logical targets. Mostly they are small in size, have specific niche products others don’t provide, and probably would be open to a buyout proposal. Even if they don’t end up in the hands of a bigger player, they are solid plays for aggressive growth accounts looking for more exposure to this fast-growing sector.

FireEye

This stock was on fire a couple of years ago but was absolutely eviscerated after numerous earnings misses. FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE) has been mentioned over the years as a takeover target, and trading 85% below highs that were printed this time three years ago, it may indeed be on the radar.

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