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Dell (NASDAQ:DELL): Closing price $12.29

Knowledgeable sources say that Dell is in buyout discussions with private-equity firms, and the subject is the possibility of taking the personal-computer maker private, after it lost nearly one third of its value in 2012. Talks are going on with a minimum of two firms, say the sources, who add that the discussions are preliminary and could collapse because firms may not be able to obtain the financing, or resolve how to leave the investment in the future. A number of large banks have been contacted regarding the provision of funds; Dell had a market value of $18.9 billion as of Friday.

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