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Sprint may finally buy Clearwire after all

Published Dec 11th, 2012 8:45PM EST

Sprint (S) is reportedly in talks to acquire the remaining stake in Clearwire (CLWR), according to CNBC. While a deal isn’t believed to be imminent, the two companies are involved in “active negotiations” and could announce an agreement before the end of the year. Sprint already owns a 50.8% stake in Clearwire and has long been rumored to be interested in a full acquisition of the company. CNBC’s sources note, however, that a potential deal is still “fraught with difficulty” due to the complexity of their relationship and Sprint’s pending deal to sell a majority stake to SoftBank. Shares of Clearwire reacted positively to the news, jumping nearly 15% to $2.75 per share.