) -- South Korean technology giant
has put an end to chatter that it's eyeing
troubled PC business, which may be spun off or sold as part of the
"The recent rumors that Samsung Electronics will be taking over Hewlett-Packard Co.'s personal computer business are not true," explained a Samsung spokeswoman, in an email to
Speculation is mounting about the future of HP's WebOS software.
entitled 'Regarding Recent Rumors About Samsung's PC Business' that appeared on the company Web site on Thursday reiterated this message. "We hope this clarifies any confusion that may have occurred," it added.
suggested that Samsung was considering HP's PC operation, a move that was seen as a credible strategy by Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee.
Wu cited Samsung as a logical buyer given its large size and global ambitions in a note released on Thursday, but added that other potential suitors could include
, and possibly even
HP shares were up 55 cents, or 2.24%, to $25.09 on Thursday.
--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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