3Com Shares Rise after Report of Buyout Interest

3Com Corp. shares rose in after-hours trading after The Wall Street Journal reported buyout firms are examining possible takeover offers for the unprofitable maker of computer-networking gear. Buyout firms such as Silver Lake Partners and Boston-based Bain Capital LLC approached 3Com about a purchase, the Journal said on its website. The two firms unsuccessfully sought last year to buy 3Com’s stake in its profitable Chinese joint venture with Huawei Technologies Co.

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