Chatter suggests Microsoft (MSFT -1.5%) could begin negotiations to purchase Nokia's (NOK +1%)...

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

Chatter suggests Microsoft (MSFT -1.5%) could begin negotiations to purchase Nokia's (NOK +1%) mobile phone unit with the goal of closing a deal by year's end. StreetInsider.com considers a deal "a stretch," since Nokia's phone unit currently generates all of the company's profits and most of its sales. A Nokia executive denies the rumor.