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Long-time DaimlerChrysler anchor shareholder Deutsche Bank sold more than a third of its shares Tuesday, cutting its stake in the automaker to less than 5 percent. The $1.26 billion transaction leaves the Emirate of Kuwait as DaimlerChrysler's largest shareholder, with 7.2 percent.

The bank's departure leaves DaimlerChrysler as one of the few major carmakers without a dominant investor, which could make it a takeover target. Hedge funds currently hold between 10 and 15 percent of DaimlerChrysler, and there is a possibility of a hostile takeover to break it up. However, the sheer size of the carmaker (market capitalization of $53 billion) would make it a very difficult process.

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