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Expert: Pandora Suitors Could Include Netflix, Facebook, Google, Amazon And Others

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Pandora Media Inc (NYSE: P) shares spiked with an hour before Thursday's close, as the New York Times reported the company was exploring a sale. Though the report didn't mention a specific buyer, one analyst has shared his list of potential suitors with clients.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL)'s Google, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX) or CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) are logical buyers for Pandora, according to Albert Fried's Rich Tullo.

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Contrary to the Times' assertion that now might be an odd time given Pandora's drastic decline in market cap, Tullo said the "story makes sense."

"Silicon Valley is a very different place today than it was and [Pandora's] body language towards me seems to have changed recently," he added.

Regarding his inclusion of Netflix in the list of potential acquirers, Tullo explained his reasoning. "I know [Netflix] is a stretch but if you think about it there is a solid strategic case justified by operating, content, and international market synergies."

With less than an hour before its earnings report, Pandora is up almost 8 percent, trading just over $9.00 per share. The stock is still off 41 percent over the past year and -75 percent in two years.

Latest Ratings for P

DateFirmActionFromTo
May 2018Credit SuisseMaintainsNeutralNeutral
May 2018B. Riley FBRUpgradesNeutralBuy
May 2018Canaccord GenuityMaintainsBuyBuy

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