NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Salesforce.com (CRM) - Get Report were down in mid-morning trading Friday after CNBC reported that the cloud computing company is interested in acquiring social network Twitter (TWTR).
Potential suitors also include Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google unit and other technology companies, sources told CNBC.
The potential buyers are interested in the data that Twitter collects equally as much as they are interested in Twitter as a media company, the sources said.
A deal could be reached by year-end.
Vala Afshar, Salesforce.com's chief digital evangelist, tweeted about Twitter's positive attributes following the report.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates the stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C.
Salesforce.com's strengths such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures are countered by weaknesses including premium valuation and weak operating cash flow.
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