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shares soared early Friday on word that


was mulling a bid for the computer-memory seller.

A deal could mean that Samsung would shell out more than $3 billion for the flash-memory maker. Shares of SanDisk surged $3.49, or 26%, to $16.95.

"SanDisk periodically has conversations with multiple parties, including Samsung, regarding a variety of potential business opportunities," the company said in a statement. "We evaluate all of these opportunities, but maintain a policy of not commenting on market rumors or speculation."

Among other chipmakers,


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was down 1.1%,

Texas Instruments

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fell 3%, and


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lost 4%. Memory seller


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was down 1.2%.