Dell is in negotiations with Silver Lake Partners to complete a possible buyout of the computer firm for between $13 and $14 a share, with a string of investment firms -- including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse and Royal Bank of Canada -- being asked to front as much as $16 billion to finance the deal. According to analysts, the proposed LBO, which would move Dell from a publicly traded firm to a private entity, is part of a last-ditch effort to reinvigorate the once-mighty PC firm, which has seen its market capitalization fall from $100 billion to about $19 billion because of falling sales.

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