The stock has risen 1.5% to $26.57.
this rumor has resurfaced numerous times in the past, including on Mar. 16.
On that day, there were rumors that private equity firm KKR might be interested in buying the outfit, causing a spike in Harley stock.
Such unsubstantiated, leveraged buyout rumors have been attributed to growing confidence among businesses in a U.S. economic recovery. This week, the confidence was no doubt bolstered by reassuring comments from Fed chairman Ben Bernanke.
-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York
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