Updated share prices have been added to this story.
NEW YORK (
) -- Shares of
(ODP - Get Report)
spiked in premarket trading on Tuesday after
that the retailers are in advanced merger talks.
Shares of Office Depot surged 28.32% to $5.89 before market open, while OfficeMax climbed 20% to $12.90.
Citing people familiar with the matter,
The Wall Street Journal
reported that the deal is expected to be stock-for-stock, and said that although talks could still fall apart an announcement could come as early as this week.
that a deal is possible this week, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Shares of Office Depot, which has been
struggling to compete
with larger rival
(SPLS - Get Report)
, have plunged more than 67% over the last five years.
Both Office Depot and OfficeMax declined to comment on this story when contacted by
"As a matter of company policy, we don't comment on rumors or speculation," wrote an Office Depot spokesman, in an email.
"It is our long-standing policy that we do not comment on market rumors or speculation," added a spokeswoman for OfficeMax in an email to
Staples shares rose 13.44% to $14.69 in premarket trading.
--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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