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    Dell surges on talk it may be taken private

    CEO Michael Dell started the company in 1984. He owns 16 percent of the stock.
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    CEO Michael Dell started the company in 1984. He owns 16 percent of the stock.

    Dell Inc. stock surged after Bloomberg News said the personal computer maker was in early talks with at least two private equity firms about going private. A buyout would be worth more than $17 billion, based on total enterprise value. Dell has some $9 billion in debt, but $11 billion in cash. A deal would make it the largest technology buyout since the $17.6 billion acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor by a group of buyers led by the Blackstone Group in 2006.

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