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    Staples stock rises on Office Depot merger speculation

    Staples stock is up 15 percent since Aug. 25. Before then, it had fallen 58 percent from October 2010 as profit slid.
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    Staples stock is up 15 percent since Aug. 25. Before then, it had fallen 58 percent from October 2010 as profit slid.

    Staples Inc. climbed more than 8 percent, rising a sixth day, as the Framingham company, which runs the world’s largest office-supply chain, had its rating raised to “outperform” from “neutral” by a Credit Suisse analyst, who also lifted his price target to $15 per share, from $11. The analyst, Gary Balter, urged Staples to buy its main rival, Office Depot, to help it fend off online retailers, including Amazon.com. That could boost Staples shares as high as $30 by 2017, he said.

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