InterDigital Shares Surged: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: After booking a tidy 4% gain yesterday, shares of mobile telephony IP shop InterDigital (NAS: IDCC) are moving even higher this morning, up as much as 10% at one point.

So what: Yesterday, InterDigital's board announced that it's definitely interested in selling the company "in whole or in part."

Now what: That "in part" part is key. Rumor has it, you see, that interested buyers were bidding as low as $1 billion and $2 billion for InterDigital -- numbers that spooked investors hoping to see something more along the lines of the $4.5 billion that a consortium including Microsoft (NAS: MSFT) , Research In Motion (NAS: RIMM) , Apple (NAS: AAPL) , and EMC (NYS: EMC) paid for Nortel's patent portfolio earlier this year, or the $14 billion that Google (NAS: GOOG) shelled out for Motorola Mobility (NYS: MMI) . This fear sparked a sell-off in InterDigital stock on Monday.

Turns out, however, that the $1 billion bids were actually for just a part of InterDigital -- meaning the whole of the company could still be worth something in the neighborhood of a Nortel (or a Motorola?). And this confirmation, Fools, is why InterDigital is going right back up again.

What price will InterDigital ultimately fetch? Will it find a buyer at all?Add the stock to your Fool Watchlistand find out.

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