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Why Zynga Inc. Stock Popped Today

Steve Symington, The Motley Fool

What happened

Shares of Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) were up 12.5% as of 3:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday after Bloomberg reported that the mobile games specialist is a potential acquisition target.

More specifically, citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg writes that Zynga has "received preliminary approaches" from multiple other game developers interested in a potential takeover.

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So what

As the parent company of franchises like FarmVille, Words with Friends, and CSR Racing -- and with the added promise of a recently signed multiyear licensing agreement with Disney -- Zynga boasts an enviable stable of mobile game franchises. Further, with the stock trading roughly flat year to date and commanding a modest market cap of roughly $3.5 billion as of Monday's close, it's well within the financial reach of a number of larger game-industry peers.

Now what

Still, Bloomberg's sources also caution that no formal talks have been held as of yet, so investors should be careful not to include an acquisition as a core part of their buying thesis. But given the prospect of a juicy buyout premium, the stock is understandably rallying today in response.

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Steve Symington has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.