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Is Lexmark the printing world's most eligible bachelor?

May 7, 2010: 8:00 AM ET

Dell is set to begin selling some of Lexmark's multifunction printer hardware and software. Why not just buy the whole company? Photo: Lexmark.

Hollywood has George Clooney. New York has Derek Jeter. Lexington, Kentucky has Lexmark.

Lexmark (LXK), for the uninitiated, is a printer company; pretty much the one that isn't based in the New York area, California or Japan. And recently investors have been buzzing again that the printer-maker would make a fine target to get hitched – either taken private or acquired. Bank of America Merrill Lynch ranked it number one on a recent list of leveraged buyout candidates.

After all, Lexmark has been turning in impressive earnings numbers lately. Plus, as the recession lifts and credit markets loosen up, large tech companies like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell (DELL) find themselves with pockets full of cash and a mandate to grow. More

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