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Facebook Gets Thumbs-Up for WhatsApp

Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) gargantuan $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp makes the messaging service bigger than nearly half the companies in the S&P 500 and virtually half the world's nations by GDP.Yet, the jaw-dropping deal , which is valued at about 8% of Facebook's market cap, is getting applause by analysts, and shares of Facebook are only off a mere 2% despite shelling out that colossal amount of cash and stock."While $19 billion is an eye-popping valuation for a communications app with little revenue and a short history, we find this deal interesting for several reasons," Cantor Fitzgerald analysts told clients.Perhaps it's because the M&A market as a whole continues to rebound. WhatsApp is only one of several transactions in recent months to surpass the $10 billion mark, a sign of companies' willingness to shell out hefty levels of cash in the name of innovation.In a PwC report released Thursday on trends in tech M&A, transaction experts said the stabilization of the U.S. political ...

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    Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) inked a deal late Wednesday to buy popular texting service WhatsApp in a colossal cash- and stock-deal valued at $19 billion.The purchase price ...

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  5. Harley-Davidson CEO: International growth has been gratifying

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  6. Harley-Davidson Profit Fails To Rev Investors

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