Beneficial Corp.'s decision to review its "full range of tactical and strategic alternatives" sent its stock soaring Tuesday along with speculation about potential acquirers.

The Delaware-based finance company's share price jumped by $30.625, or 37%, to $112.875, after chairman and chief executive officer Finn M.W. Caspersen released a letter to shareholders saying it had asked financial advisers Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co. to suggest ways to maximize shareholder value.

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