Microsoft paid a 47% premium for LinkedIn. Oracle wouldn't need to go that high. A 25% premium above Salesforce's 52-week high of $84.48 would get the deal done. This puts the deal price at about $105 per share. So Salesforce stock will likely trade higher on the assumption a deal is right around the corner. 

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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