Microsoft Is More Likely to Buy BlackBerry Says Analyst and 2 Other Hot Stocks to Watch

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Analyst Peter Misek at Jefferies wrote in an investor note early Thursday that subsequent to its acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit, it is more likely that Microsoft will buy BlackBerry. If this happens, the software behemoth would become the definitive number three handset maker — having the capacity to sell its devices to carriers more easily, said Misek. He added that Microsoft would  then be the leader in the corporate mobile device market, and also a key player in aiding companies in the management of their mobile devices. Misek observed that helping firms manage their mobile devices is an area that Microsoft “would love to get into.”

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