Taleo Shares Soared: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of talent management software maker Taleo (NAS: TLEO) have soared by 17% after Oracle (NAS: ORCL) agreed to acquire the company for $1.9 billion.

So what: The deal comes out to about $46 per share, a roughly 18% premium over yesterday's close. The move is notable because Taleo follows in rival SAP's (NYS: SAP) footsteps when it similarly acquired SuccessFactors (NYS: SFSF) a couple of months ago for $3.4 billion.

Now what: The SuccessFactors deal carried a heftier 52% premium. Oracle exec Thomas Kurian said, "Human-capital management has become a strategic initiative for organizations. Taleo's industry-leading talent-management cloud is an important addition to the Oracle Public Cloud." With the recent streak of Goliaths swallowing Davids, don't be surprised if consolidation within the cloud software sector continues.

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