PeopleSoft again says 'No thanks' to Oracle bid

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Software provider PeopleSoft Inc. on Monday rejected a $9.4 billion takeover bid from rival Oracle Corp., saying the hostile bid still undervalues the company.

The Pleasanton, California-based company said Oracle's $26-per-share bid was still "inadequate," even though Oracle upped the ante from its original offer of $19.50 per share for PeopleSoft.

Oracle, which has sought to infiltrate PeopleSoft's board for the last eight months, termed its latest bid "its best and final offer."

Both companies are still awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Justice on whether a combination of the two software giants would be anti-competitive. PeopleSoft asserts that a deal would violate anti-trust regulations, while Oracle argues that the proposed acquisition would not have an adverse effect on the market.