FRANKFURT -- DaimlerChrysler AG shares rose today as much as 5 percent after a German magazine Focus-Money reported that the stock will rise if the unprofitable Chrysler division is sold, according to a Bloomberg News story..

The shares increased as much as 2.58 euros to 54.08 euros and were up 4.4 percent as of 12:18 p.m. in Frankfurt. The stock has gained 4.4 percent since Feb. 14 when the carmaker announced it was considering "all options," including a sale, for Chrysler.

Daimler shares may rise as much as 50 percent, based on a fair-value assessment, Focus-Money said, citing Georg Stuerzer, an analyst at HVB Group in Munich. DaimlerChrysler is prepared to sell the U.S. division and the countdown is on, the magazine said.