Dell (NASDAQ: DELL ) has been thinking about a buyout for the better part of a year. The rumor mill caught wind of going-private dealings back in January, and was proven right when founder and CEO Michael Dell presented a solid offer. But he met resistance from corporate raider Carl Icahn, who put together his own competing deal.
The drawn-out process is coming to a close as Institutional Shareholder Services and other investor advisory firms picked a horse in this race. Just in time, too: Dell shareholders are set to vote on Michael Dell's proposal next week.
In the video below, Fool contributor Anders Bylund explains why he sees Michael Dell walking away with the prize -- and why he thinks that Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ ) should walk down the same path while there's still time.
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