Another big merger in the software sector appears to be in the works.


(SYMC) - Get Report

is reportedly close to acquiring

Veritas Software

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for about $13 billion.

The two Silicon Valley-based companies have been discussing a deal for more than a month, and an official announcement is possible as early as this week,

The New York Times

reported Tuesday.

Symantec, widely known for its Norton antivirus products, would be paying $29.70 a share for Veritas. Based on Veritas' closing share price Monday, the offer represents an 18% premium. Veritas shares rose $3.68, or 14.6%, to $28.87 in premarket trading.

Symantec shares closed at $32.86 Monday.

On Monday,


(ORCL) - Get Report

announced a definitive agreement to acquire



for $10.3 billion, ending the software industry's most bitter takeover saga.