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NEW YORK (
shares climbed more than 5% before market open Friday following a media report that the tech giant's nearing a buyout deal.
The No. 3 PC maker is nearing an agreement to sell itself to a buyout consortium led by CEO Michael Dell and private-equity firm
Silver Lake Partners
, according to
The Dell chief is expected to take a majority ownership in the company, with Silver Lake and Microsoft becoming minority investors, according to
, citing a person familiar with the deal.
Dell and Microsoft declined to provide comment on this story when contacted by
Shares of Dell climbed 5.74% to $14 before market open on Friday. The Round Rock, Texas-based firm was also the most active premarket Nasdaq stocks on share volume of 1,268,470.
(MSFT - Get Report)
gained 0.51% to reach $27.59.
Research In Motion
, which unveiled its
technology earlier this week, was another gainer, climbing 2.31% to $13.28 on share volume of 462,699.
Shares of the Canadian handset maker, which also changed its name to BlackBerry this week, ended Thursday's trading session flat at $12.98.
(FB - Get Report)
, which reported
this week, crept up 0.32% to $31.08 on share volume of 502,082.
The social network's partner
(ZNGA - Get Report)
was also a premarket winner, rising 1.48% to $2.75.
--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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