When it comes to the world of technology and specifically the world of computing, today's market leaders can easily become tomorrow's losers. That said, there might be a company that could still be standing years from now that deserves a great deal more of attention than its getting from Wall Street, and that is Dell, Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL).
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Why Dell Looks Fine And Dandy
Dell has certainly seen its share of ups and downs. A quick look at a five-year chart shows the computer giant's shares have seen much better days during its existence. But there are several things worth noting about the Texas-based company right now.
First, its shares have bounced off their lows. Second, the company has exceeded analysts' earnings per share expectations in many of the previous quarters, which turns heads in this environment. Also, given its size and the expectation that it will continue to generate over $50 billion in annual sales, its current share price looks pretty amazing.
The recent general market sell-off may be a terrific opportunity for patient investors.
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Other Computer Giants Worth "Byting" Into Too
When it comes to this space it's hard to be picky since there are several great companies to choose from. Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ) is a company that is simply too great to ignore because besides its great name, it has a good overall history of performing on the earnings front. Also, given the incredible popularity of its machines, it seems likely the company will be able to continue to deliver on the earnings front.
International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) is another organization that cannot simply be ignored given its ability to thrive over time, and with a forward P/E of 11.64, the stock could still have some room to climb above its current level in the next months.
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Another Way To Play
Choosing which computer company will perform the best can be difficult due to macro conditions or the fickle consumer. As an alternative way to invest in this sector, some investors might want to check into Target (NYSE:TGT) or Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), both of which sell laptops and or computer related accessories. And because consumers will likely continue to be somewhat cautious with their funds in the next year, both outlets may garner a great deal of money and foot traffic in other departments above and beyond the electronics aisles.
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The Bottom Line
Dell had a solid quarter and the sell-off we have seen is an opportunity to get involved. With our nation growing increasingly dependent on electronic gadgets of all kinds, Dell has a bright future. Its ability to beat top and bottom line estimates are attractive features as is its expected growth rate in the years ahead.
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