IBM Buyout of NetApp? Pure Speculation

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http://www.thevarguy.com – Is IBM (NYSE: IBM) looking to buy NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP)? There are no reports of actual buyout talks, but a speculative story from Bloomberg has got Wall Street talking. The thesis: IBM will need to make big acquisitions to ignite growth. But the last time The VAR Guy checked: NetApp was not in fast-growth mode, and Bloomberg’s report about a possible IBM-NetApp business combination was pure speculation rather than fact-based insights. Here’s the background. In its Q4 2012, IBM’s earnings rose but revenues were essentially flat. Meanwhile, NetApp’s Q2 2013 results (anno (IT news)