If the frenzied speculation around a Palm (PALM) buyout is to be believed, the deal is in the final stretch, and the company will make an announcement by the end of the week.
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A buyout of Palm could happen at more than $20 a share. "Someone paying $1.5 billion to $2 billion is paying just one times revenue, so my guess is a deal will be at around $22 to $25 a share," says Phil Butts, a portfolio manager with Moreton Bay Capital, which has owned shares of Palm in the past but currently does not have a position in the stock.Palm spokeswoman Marlene Somsak declined to comment on the buyout chatter. Shares of Palm have soared more than 16% since the beginning of the month, when buzz about a possible sale intensified. The stock was up 60 cents, or 3.2%, to $19.37 late Wednesday.