Hilton Hotels is likely to have a difficult time lining up bank financing to support its $6.5 billion hostile bid for ITT Corp., lenders said Tuesday.

Bankers estimated that Hilton, based in Beverly Hills, would need a loan of up to $7 billion to support its cash and stock offer for ITT. Such a loan would stretch the limits of how much hotel and gaming debt bankers are willing to hold in their portfolios, lenders said.

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