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Ballmer speaks, Yahoo shares rise, again

Yahoo's stock rises nearly 5 percent in morning trading following remarks by Microsoft's CEO on whether he might talk search deal someday with Yahoo's new CEO.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once again publicly declared his interest in a Yahoo search deal, during a keynote speech at the 2009 Media Summit in New York.

And as with his past declarations of interest, Yahoo's stock responded. Yahoo climbed 4.84 percent to $14.07 a share in early morning trading.

Ballmer, according to a post in AllThingsD, had this to say about Yahoo and new CEO Carol Bartz:

I'm sure when it's appropriate, we'll have a chance to sit down and talk.

...Whether a deal gets done or not, who knows.

...There are a lot of things that are fairly compelling economically in trying to put our two search efforts together in a partnership.

AllThingsD points out as well that Bartz is also in New York this week.