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Stock Name Stock Symbol Market Stock Type Stock ISIN Stock Description
International Business Machines Corporation IBM London Ordinary Share COM STK USD0.20 (CDI)
  Price Change Price Change % Stock Price Last Trade
1.10 0.85% 129.875 16:35:24
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waldron: UPDATE: IBM Shares Post Biggest Drop in 8 Years After Weak Earnings PrintAlert IBM (NYSE:IBM) Intraday Stock Chart Today : Sunday 21 April 2013 (Updates to reflect closing stock price in paragraphs one, six and seven.) By George Stahl and Drew FitzGerald International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) shares posted their biggest one-day percentage drop in eight years Friday, after a disappointing first-quarter earnings report raised doubts about the company's growth prospects this year. The Armonk, N.Y., company's earnings--excluding certain exceptional costs--rose 8% in the first quarter, below the double-digit percentage increase investors have grown to expect. IBM pointed to contracts slipping from the first quarter into the second quarter, possibly because of the early Easter; a slowdown in business spending in China; and the weakening yen. Morgan Stanley called the results "surprisingly weak for a company that rarely misses." "With a long list of reasons--Easter, China, yen to name a few--we think investors are unlikely to give the company the benefit of the doubt that all engines will resume full speed within the year," Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a report to clients. IBM Chief Financial Officer Mark Loughridge Thursday backed the company's 2013 per-share earnings forecast and said he expects earnings to return to double-digit growth by the fourth quarter. Shares of IBM fell $17.15, or 8.3%, to $190. The decline produced the stock's lowest close since Dec. 28, its biggest dollar drop since October 2000 and its largest percentage decrease since April 15, 2005. The stock closed near its low for the day of $189.76. IBM, as one of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, contributed a negative 132 points to the average's decline, and it was the reason why the Dow didn't gain as much as the other major market indexes. In its first quarter, IBM's sales of software and server products were particularly weak, which the company blamed in part on deals not getting done in time. "We had solid profit performance in January, but as the quarter ended, hundreds of millions of dollars of very profitable software and...mainframe deals fell short of the goal line," Mr. Loughridge said. "It's hard to imagine that we weren't affected by Easter" being in late March, instead of April. Mr. Loughridge added that belt-tightening in the Chinese corporate sector caught IBM's management a bit offguard, though he suggested much of the blame lay with sales teams failing to close deals before the quarter ended. IBM said much of that business will show up when the company reports its next results. Despite expectations some lost first-quarter deals will fall to the second quarter, IBM does expect to ramp up job cuts this quarter. Mr. Loughridge didn't disclose the number of layoffs, saying management hadn't yet approved final plans, but he expects to report close to $1 billion of accounting charges this year to trim its workforce--more than last year--with heavier reductions planned for the coming months outside the U.S. Also, IBM is in advanced discussions with Lenovo Group Ltd. (0992.HK, LNVGY) to sell part of its computer-server business, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. At issue is IBM's business of selling so-called x86 servers, the low-priced workhorses of many corporate and cloud-based data centers. An exact sale price isn't known, WSJ reported, but one of the people said the deal could be worth billions of dollars. Mr. Loughridge declined to comment on the report. The x86 servers were once a fast-growing and lucrative technology, but now produce the server market's lowest profit, industry analysts say. Such a move would fit into IBM's history of aggressively shifting its business mix to areas with better growth and higher profit margins, just as it did by selling its computer business to Lenovo in 2004. IBM doesn't break out server revenue, but Morgan Stanley estimates the x86 server business generated about $4.9 billion of the company's $15.4 billion in server sales last year. Ms. Huberty noted the last two times IBM missed earnings also were in the first quarter, in 2002 and 2005, and were followed by restructuring actions and share underperformance. IBM shares ended up falling 36% in 2002 and 17% in 2005. Even with the losses Friday, IBM's shares are down less than 1% in 2013. Mr. Loughridge also blamed the "significant depreciation of the yen" for the company's first-quarter results. "Our business in Japan is more heavily skewed to local services, [so] the ability to hedge cross-border cash flows is low compared to most other countries," the chief financial officer said. "This had a profit impact in the quarter." Despite the disappointing results and stock selloff Friday, many analysts remained positive on IBM. "We are not overly concerned as issues appear short-term in nature and results are decent in light of bigger shortfalls at" other companies that rely on business spending, such as Oracle Corp. (ORCL), said Shaw Wu, analyst at Sterne Agee. Write to George Stahl at and Drew FitzGerald at
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shezzalad: UBS would do that wouldn't they. They need to flog "big blue" to unsuspecting investors. IBM is a great short down to $50 at least. Their accounts are hiding real sales problems and considering their high p/e, this stock will hit $50 before the end of the year.
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