Hewlett Packard Enterprise Rises on Report of Buyout Interest

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. gained the most intraday in two months after a report that private equity firms are contemplating a potential buyout.

KKR & Co., Apollo Global Management LLC and Carlyle Group LP are “sniffing around” the company, The Information reported, citing an unnamed person who has had talks with representatives of the private equity firms. A Hewlett Packard Enterprise spokeswoman declined to comment.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise gained 7.7 percent to $21.88 at 1:37 p.m. in New York, the biggest intraday jump since May 25. The company gained 34 percent this year through Thursday’s close.

Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman has been pushing the company to reduce its size and become more flexible as it navigates the changing demands of corporate customers for its computer storage and networking business since November when it split from sister company HP Inc. In May, the company said it would spin off and merge its business-services division with Computer Sciences Corp. in a deal valued at $8.5 billion for its shareholders.