Clearwire (CLWR +26%) is now within $0.02 of Dish's (DISH +0.5%) $4.40/share offer price;...

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Clearwire (CLWR +26%) is now within $0.02 of Dish's (DISH +0.5%) $4.40/share offer price; upgrades from DA Davidson and Raymond James could be helping. Macquarie asserts the move "forces SoftBank (SFTBF.PK) to negotiate with Dish," and raises the odds SoftBank walks away from Sprint (S +0.3%). The firm thinks Sprint will now have to offer $4.50+/share for Clearwire. Likewise, JPMorgan argues Dish is "attempting to de-value the Softbank bid by injecting itself into Clearwire as a permanent ... minority shareholder." Wells Fargo: "We can't see how Charlie doesn't win here--he is either going to get the partnership we believe he always wanted ... or he is going to walk away with a significant amount of spectrum."