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Shares of Staples Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) and Office Depot (Nasdaq: ODP) are again in the black this morning. The companies' shares surged 8% and 11%, respectively, on renewed rumors of a possible merger. The rumors came shortly after it was disclosed that activist investor Starboard Value LP holds large stakes in both office-supply retailers. According to the filings, the investor holds a 5.1% stake in Staples and a 10% stake in Office Depot.