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Jul 16, 2010

Weak euro to hit IBM sales, profit seen solid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in danger of missing average Wall Street estimates for its second-quarter revenue as the weaker euro dents sales in Europe, which counts for about 30 percent of its revenue.

While strong growth in software and services may bolster International Business Machines Corp’s second-quarter profit, the results on Monday are unlikely to trigger a share rally as investors hunt for higher-growth stocks such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and VMware Inc (VMW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), analysts said.

Jul 16, 2010

Cisco, Juniper to show recovery but margins a worry

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Juniper Networks Inc (JNPR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are set to report solid quarterly sales, but an aggressive battle to win contracts may be jeopardizing margins for the network equipment makers.

Analysts say Cisco is lowering prices on routers and other equipment that helps phone carriers and others handle Internet traffic. The rising popularity of overseas rivals like France’s Alcatel-Lucent (ALUA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and China’s Huawei Technologies HWT.UL is seen adding to the pressure.

Jul 13, 2010

Tyco Electronics to buy broadband company ADC

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tyco Electronics Ltd (TEL.N: Quote, Profile, Research), has agreed to buy broadband equipment maker ADC Telecommunications Inc (ADCT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) for $1.25 billion in cash, betting on future demand for fiber optics and diversifying away from its historical automotive connector business.

Tyco Electronics said it would pay $12.75 cash per share, a 44 percent premium to ADC’s closing price on Monday.

Jun 24, 2010

Accenture profit beats, shares rise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Technology outsourcing and consulting firm Accenture Plc reported higher-than-expected quarterly results on Thursday as a recovering economy encouraged companies to invest again.

Accenture’s revenue for the fiscal third quarter ended May 31 rose to $5.57 billion from $5.15 billion a year earlier. That was above analysts’ average forecast of $5.46 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Jun 24, 2010

Dell’s 2011 forecast meets Street view, margins eyed

AUSTIN, Texas/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dell Inc (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) forecast a 14 to 19 percent jump in fiscal 2011 revenue as consumer and corporate spending returns, matching Wall Street’s expectations, but investors are focusing on whether the world’s No. 3 PC maker can sustain margins.

Investors are likely to quiz executives at Dell’s annual financial analysts’ conference on Thursday about whether it can shore up profitability after gross margins fell short of expectations in its fiscal first quarter, reflecting a reliance on sales of hardware to U.S. businesses.

Jun 4, 2010

Cisco CEO Chambers to stay 3-5 more years

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers, one of Silicon Valley’s longest-serving executives, said he recently committed to another three to five years in his role.

Chambers, who took the CEO role in 1995 and is 60 years old, said the company held a board of directors’ meeting a couple of days ago where he was asked to renew his commitment.

Jun 1, 2010

HP to cut net 3,000 jobs, aims for higher margins

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hewlett-Packard Co said it aims to boost margins by cutting jobs and reallocating spending to more profitable technology services, shrinking its workforce by a net 3,000 jobs, or 1 percent, over three years.

The move, which will result in a $1 billion charge, comes as rivals like IBM and Cisco Systems Inc vie for supremacy in the lucrative business of fitting out and helping run corporate data centres that handle communications and store huge amounts of information.

May 27, 2010

Brocade cheap but dramatic rally unlikely

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge funds have piled out of Brocade Communications Systems Inc <BRCD.O> this year on weak sales and fading hopes for a buyout, making the stock look like a bargain.

But analysts caution against expecting too much of a rebound until the company shows stronger business results.

May 24, 2010

IBM to buy AT&T’s Sterling Commerce for $1.4 billion

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – IBM <IBM.N> plans to buy Sterling Commerce from AT&T Inc <T.N> for about $1.4 billion in cash, extending the technology behemoth’s portfolio of business software.

The move comes amid a flurry of software acquisitions by International Business Machines Corp, Oracle Corp <ORCL.O> and SAP AG <SAPG.DE>, as they look to sell a broad set of products and services to large corporations.

May 21, 2010

CEO likes NetApp alone against giants

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Tom Georgens took over over as CEO of storage equipment maker NetApp Inc <NTAP.O> last August, the technology sector was in the midst of a record decline.

He navigated the company as it emerged from the economic storm, watching its stock price climb 56 percent in nine months, nearly triple the gain of rival EMC Corp <EMC.N>.