Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once again publicly declared his interest in a Yahoo search deal, during a keynote speech at the 2009 Media Summit in New York.
And as with his past declarations of interest, Yahoo's stock responded. Yahoo climbed 4.84 percent to $14.07 a share in early morning trading.
Ballmer, according to a post in AllThingsD, had this to say about Yahoo and new CEO Carol Bartz:
I'm sure when it's appropriate, we'll have a chance to sit down and talk.
...Whether a deal gets done or not, who knows.
...There are a lot of things that are fairly compelling economically in trying to put our two search efforts together in a partnership.
AllThingsD points out as well that Bartz is also in New York this week.