I think big corporations are skitzo when it comes to acquisitions....they buy a good company with the initial intent to move into a market...and the new CEO (christ, corporations change CEO' like I change underwear....maybe faster) raises an eyebrow and the latest division VP disavows and shuts down the acquisition. Or they purchase competitors to orphan and eliminate a specific competing product...then drop their own market entry. The market doesn't care, stock prices generally rises when a parent corp announces layoffs...all it thinks about is that means overhead reduction. In aggregate, the effects ain't so hot, obviously....gotta have jobs to buy products. Hell, the CEO's are nowadays all 'plug and play'....a good example is JC Penneys bringing in an Apple guy...a disaster.....oops, you blinked, and he and his toadies are now gone. Top corporate management with no personal affinity or experience with product line is not a recipe for success....but it doesn't matter, they're gone, and floating off on their golden parachute to the next debacle.