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Buyer acquires 6.4 pct stake in China's Sina

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SHANGHAI, April 14 (Reuters) - A buyer has acquired 6.4 percent of Sina Corp. , China's top Web portal and subject of a 2005 hostile takeover bid by Shanda Interactive Games Ltd. , according to a regulatory filing.

Michael J.G. Gleissner now owns 3.43 million shares of Sina, equating to 6.4 percent of the company's total, according to a filing on Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

As of March 31, Shanda was Sina's largest individual stakeholder with 18.43 percent of shares outstanding, according to Reuters Estimates.

The next biggest individual shareholder, Stone Group Hi-Tech Co. Ltd., held a 4.7 percent stake, while different units of U.S. financial services firm Legg Mason held a similar amount combined.

Stone was previously a major Sina stakeholder, with 20.63 percent of the company at the end of 2002.

But it sold off much of that and had 4.96 percent, it said in a statement in February 2005, adding it was going to seek shareholder approval to keep selling down that stake.

A Shanda spokesman had no comment on the Gleissner purchase, and a Sina spokeswoman also had no comment.

Shanda made its hostile bid for Sina early in 2005, buying nearly 20 percent of the company on the open market.

 Both sides have declined to comment since then, but talk on the street was the two sides held some talks but failed to reach a deal due to disagreement over price.

 Since then, rumours have swirled that Shanda, an online game operator which has recently run into its own difficulties as one of its most popular titles matures, was trying to unload its stake but was facing difficulty due to the large size.

 Last month, Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po newspaper reported that China-focused media firm Tom Group was in talks to buy Shanda's Sina stake, citing an unnamed source.

 Sina shares closed up 2.9 percent in U.S. trading on Thursday. 陈彬

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