By Colin Kellaher

 

Shares of Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. rose nearly 9% Wednesday after published reports that Baxter International Inc. is in talks to buy the medical-equipment maker.

The talks are at an early stage, and Chicago-based Hill-Rom has already rebuffed a $144-a-share bid from Baxter, according to people familiar with the matter.

The talks were first reported by Bloomberg.

Hill-Rom shares were recently up 8.7% to $134.49, while shares of Baxter slipped 0.1% to $82.04.

 

Write to Colin Kellaher at colin.kellaher@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 28, 2021 13:56 ET (17:56 GMT)

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