Shares of Yahoo Inc. jumped Wednesday morning after a news report that the company's board was meeting this week to consider selling off its core business.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's stock climbed $2.05, or 6%, to $35.76 in early trading.
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's board was likely to discuss whether the company should continue its plan to spin off its 15% stake in Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba, sell its core Internet business, or both.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment.
Yahoo's core business includes properties such as Yahoo Mail and Yahoo News. The company has struggled to boost its advertising revenue and was late to adapt to mobile technology and video advertising, though company Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has tried to increase growth in those areas.
All of Yahoo's 384 million Alibaba shares will be transferred tax-free to the new company, saving it billions in taxes that would have been due had it sold the shares on the open market.
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