red hat will just keep chugging along on its own - neither IBM, Oracle, or an other potential buyer could do any better at running red hat than the current management and they are all free to partner up with red hat for far less than it costs to buy the company.
only very naive investors believe merger and buyout rumors.
red hat's upside is way higher than Oracle or any other buyer would be willing to pay so knowledgeable investors are better off holding on to their stock - or in my case options.
case in point. I bought 67 options on red hat at 45 about 7-8 weeks ago at $0.15. I sold them monday at $1.30.
The idiots who buy and sell the stock and respond to stupid rumors, causing erratic stock prices will eventually make me rich.