$40B Alibaba Spinoff Could Make Yahoo An Attractive Target

By Karlee Weinmann (January 29, 2015, 4:56 PM EST) -- Yahoo Inc.'s move this week to spin off its $40 billion stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. hinted at the company's direction going forward, but also invited a battery of new questions over what's next — including the buzzed-about possibility the company itself could land on the selling block.

Analysts and other deal watchers pounced on California-based Yahoo after it unveiled the spinoff plan Tuesday, latching onto calculations that without its hefty Alibaba stake the erstwhile Web giant would lose more than 80 percent of its market value. The separation will both unmask Yahoo's main operations and leave it more vulnerable...

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