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Shares of Dell(DELL) jumped 2.2% Tuesday following reports that Microsoft(MSFT) could invest as $3 billion in an eventual takeover of the struggling PC maker.

The Wall Street Journal , citing people familiar with the deliberations, reported Wednesday that Microsoft entered talks in recent days with private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Dell founder Michael Dell to buy the computer maker from public stockholders.

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