I am trying to learn about how mergers/acquisitions work in regard to common stock held by the general public. In particular I'm focusing on Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems earlier this year. Can anyone please explain and point me to resources which outline what happens to the common stock of Sun Microsystems (currently trading under ticker JAVA) after the merger? If I buy Sun Microsystems stock at the current price of $9.31 per share, what happens to my stock once the deal is finished? Do I get a paid $9.50 per share? Are my shares converted to oracle shares somehow? Any insight would be helpful! Thanks!