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When a firm announces that they are being taken over or acquired by another firm, the target’s stock often jumps in price to reflect the takeover premium paid by the acquirer. This is why analysts speculate about potential takeover/leveraged buyout targets.

One important consideration for takeover candidates is the corporate governance policies of the company, such as its board composition and shareholder rights, which have important implications to the company’s performance.

RiskMetrics Group gives ratings for four areas of corporate governance, on risks related to: The board, the audit committee, the compensation committee, and shareholder rights.

We ran a screen on a universe of rumored takeover/LBO targets from various sources including Seeking Alpha and CNN Money. We screened these companies for those seeing “low risk” ratings on all four corporate governance areas covered by RiskMetrics.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.



We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.



Do you think these companies are likely to be taken over? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis. To access the complete list of takeover targets, click here.

List sorted by market cap.

1. Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $49.68B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Seeking Alpha. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 0.11% over the last year.

2. Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL): Personal Computers Industry. Market cap of $31.23B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Seeking Alpha. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 25.84% over the last year.

3. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC): Security Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $14.73B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Wall St. Cheat Sheet. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 49.58% over the last year.

4. Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS): Specialty Retail, Other Industry. Market cap of $11.42B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from CNN Money. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.88, and P/FCF ratio at 14.7. The stock has lost 17.69% over the last year.

5. Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $10.93B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Seeking Alpha. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 52.89% over the last year.

6. Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $7.88B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Business Insider. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 28.01% over the last year.

7. Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE): Packaging & Containers Industry. Market cap of $3.44B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Seeking Alpha. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 6.57% below its SMA20, 8.19% below its SMA50, and 13.37% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.78% over the last week.

8. Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE:THC): Hospitals Industry. Market cap of $2.79B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Seeking Alpha. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.28). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 9.52% over the last week.

9. Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE:IM): Computers Wholesale Industry. Market cap of $2.75B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Seeking Alpha. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. The stock has gained 5.44% over the last year.

10. Seacor Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CKH): Shipping Industry. Market cap of $2.21B. Takeover/LBO rumor sourced from Bloomberg Businessweek. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four categories. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.18% over the last week.

*RiskMetrics ratings sourced from Yahoo Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.