Merrill Lynch calls Twitter, 6 other Internet businesses ripe to be bought

Courtesy of the New York Business Journal:

With big tech companies sitting on large amounts of cash and valuations dropping fast on others, Merrill Lynch thinks the time is ripe for mergers and acquisitions of some well-known Internet businesses.

Twitter: The San Francisco-based company is worth two-thirds less than it was two years ago, with a market cap of about $12 billion. So it won’t be as cheap to buy as others on this list. But Merrill Lynch wrote, “Twitter is struggling with growing users and press articles have highlighted that Twitter content could be a good fit with a search engine looking for more real-time social content to index.”