Dell raises intrigue by rescheduling 1Q report

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ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Struggling personal computer maker Dell is going to report its latest quarterly earnings ahead of schedule in a move likely to spur speculation that the results will be dismal.

The schedule change announced Tuesday means Dell Inc. will release its fiscal first-quarter earnings after the market close this Thursday. The Round Rock, Texas company had planned to report the results on May 21.

Dell spokesman David Frink declined to say why the company made the switch.

The intrigue surrounding Dell's earnings report is running higher than usual because the company is trying to sell itself to CEO Michael Dell and other investors for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share. Two of Dell's biggest shareholders, billionaire Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management, have made an alternate proposal in an attempt to block that deal.

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