TNT shares rise on talk of breakup by UPS: traders Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:25am EDT (Adds analyst comment, updates share price AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Shares in Dutch mail company TNT NV (TNT.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) gained more than 4 percent on Tuesday and traders cited media reports saying U.S. rival UPS (UPS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and a private equity group want to buy and break up the company. "There is speculation now that a private equity firm wants to buy the mail division and UPS the remainder," trader Rik Zwaneveld at AFS Brokers said. TNT declined to comment. Its stock has fluctuated wildly in recent weeks after media reports said U.S. competitor FedEx (FDX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was in talks to buy the company. The Wall Street Journal last week said the talks had ended. Neither company has commented on the reports. TNT shares were 4.2 percent higher at 22.80 euros by 7:53 a.m. EDT, outperforming a 0.7 percent lower DJ Stoxx industrial goods and services index. Analysts said the company is an attractive takeover target because of its express delivery operations in Europe and Asia. "Strategically it would make a lot of sense for either FedEx or UPS to go after TNT's express division. Equally strategically, it would make sense for a private equity group to go after TNT's mail division," ING analyst Axel Funhoff said. He said the key question was over financing and what price the parties were willing to pay. TNT holds a partial monopoly of the lucrative Dutch mail market. Funhoff values TNT at 29 euros on a standalone basis.