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Palm: Pacific Crest Downgrades; Merrill Cuts Target To $5; Needham Fears “Oblivion”

Palm: Pacific Crest Downgrades; Merrill Cuts Target To $5; Needham Fears “Oblivion” – Tech Trader Daily – Barrons.com

Palm unveiled the webOS and Pre on Jan. 8th, and the stock skyrocketed from $3.30/share the day before to $7.14/share on Jan. 15th.

January 2009 predictions for Palm by Morgan Keegan:

About Palm at Sprint: Storm/iPhone-type Success At Sprint For the Palm Pre Would Lead to About 630k-1mm/quarter

Our 450k/quarter Estimate For Pre Look Wholly Realistic Based On Success Of Other “Hero” Campaigns

Your correspondent, January 2009:

Now that the land grab is over, expect Bono to get his payoff as Palm gets acquired by a hardware vendor desperate for relevance. As Motorola is on its knees, my bet would be on Samsung, though a bidding war with Sony Ericsson would not be a surprise.

Now I’m not so sure. Faucette of Pacific Crest today:

While we believe that Palm could ultimately be a very attractive acquisition target, we are concerned that if the company is not prudent in maintaining balance-sheet resources, any potential acquirer may be content to just wait until things become even more desperate.