SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Signs of rapidly worsening Chinese demand for IT giants IBM and Cisco Systems Inc are starting to spook Hewlett-Packard investors.
HP’s year-long stock rally sputtered last week amid fears a faster-than-anticipated slowdown in emerging markets, above all China, may dash the computing giant’s hopes for a return to growth in 2014 or beyond.
(Reuters) – “Bond King” Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of PIMCO, butted heads on Thursday with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, telling Icahn to leave Apple Inc alone after he again urged the iPhone maker to initiate a tender offer to buy back $150 billion of its shares.
Icahn, meanwhile, revealed in a letter to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, made public on Thursday, that he had increased his stake by about 22 percent to just over 4.7 million shares since dining privately with Cook in September – underscoring his belief that the stock is undervalued.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Tuesday offered free upgrades for life on its operating system and business software, and unveiled thinner iPads and faster Mac computers ahead of a competitive holiday shopping season.
The debut of the one-pound iPad Air and MacBook Pro with sharper ‘retina’ display repeats a pattern of recent launches with improvements in existing lines rather than totally new products, and Apple shares fell 0.3 percent for the day.