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The software sector got a boost Monday from International Business Machines Corp.'s  (IBM) - Get International Business Machines (IBM) Reportpurchase of Red Hat Inc. (RHT) - Get Red Hat, Inc. Report for $34 billion, or $190 a share. Red Hat shares jumped more than 40% in afternoon trading on Monday and other software stocks rose as the premium valuation for Red Hat makes them more attractive. 

Analysts from Stifel suggested that Red Hat could get a competing offer from Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report , Amazon Inc. (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report or Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report , whose businesses would be directly impacted from IBM's acquisition of Red Hat. IBM tumbled more than 3% as investors bristled at the sale price for the open source software company. 

"Google, Amazon, and Microsoft (and potentially Oracle) have the strategic motivations and financial resources to consummate such a transaction and would not be surprised if we were to see one of them make a competing bid," Stifel's note stated. 

Here's how other competing software companies did Monday. 

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Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) - Get salesforce.com, inc. Report   declined 3.3%.

VMware Inc. (VMW) - Get VMware, Inc. Class A Report   dropped 1.7%.

Adobe Inc. (ADBE) - Get Adobe Inc. Report  fell 2.5%.

Splunk Inc. (SPLK) - Get Splunk Inc. Report jumped 3.6%.

ServiceNow Inc. (NOW) - Get ServiceNow, Inc. Report  fell 1.6%. 

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