Shares of Macy's Inc. jumped Friday, as a rumor surfaced that Sears Holdings Corp. chairman and billionaireEdward Lampert might be interested in buying the company.
Macy's spokesman Jim Sluzewski said Macy's does not comment on rumors or market activity.
Sears Holdings Corp. spokesperson Chris Brathwaite said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.
The talk that Macy's was a takeover target first surfaced in June. On Friday, investors speculated that Lampert, a billionaire hedge-fund operator who acquired Kmart in 2003 and Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 2005, might be involved.
"The takeover rumor was doing the rounds a couple of weeks ago," said Andrew Wilkinson, senior market analyst at InteractiveGroup. "I don't think (Edward Lampert)'s name was attached before, but now someone has thrown that one out there."