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Wall Street Beat: Servers up, PCs down

Good news trickled in this week for the hardware sector, plagued by a slump in the traditional PC market, as Gartner reported that server sales rose during the first quarter and Lenovo proved that there is demand for PCs in emerging markets.

Written by Marc Ferranti28 May 11 03:48

Wall Street Beat: IPO, enterprise sales boost tech

Excitement over LinkedIn's stunning market debut appears to have outweighed concerns this week about Hewlett-Packard and Dell earnings reports, which highlighted a desultory PC market.

Written by Marc Ferranti21 May 11 01:39

Wall Street Beat: China tech IPOs create US buzz

Chinese tech companies are once again creating U.S. IPO market buzz, with social-networking site RenRen going public Wednesday, software security vendor NetQin Mobile launching Thursday, and several more companies set for public offerings next week.

Written by Marc Ferranti07 May 11 05:25

Wall Street Beat: Tech sales stay strong

Though there were some concerns about tech company earnings this week as Microsoft, SAP and other bellwethers reported results, the IT sector has helped drive markets to a solid start for the second quarter.

Written by Marc Ferranti30 April 11 02:43

Wall Street Beat: Tech sector off to strong start in Q1

A Who's Who of IT bellwethers including Apple, IBM, Intel and Qualcomm issued strong financial reports this week, the height of earnings season, reinforcing forecasts for a strong year for the tech sector.

Written by Marc Ferranti23 April 11 02:41

Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks show some resilience

Despite an unusual earnings miss Thursday by Internet bellwether Google, continuing geopolitical turmoil and disappointing news for the PC market, IT is demonstrating continuing resilience as tech stocks in certain sectors moved higher Friday.

Written by Marc Ferranti16 April 11 07:10

RIM's PlayBook faces mixed reception ahead of launch

Research in Motion executives came out in force Thursday evening in New York, playing hosts at the industry launch of the PlayBook tablet in an effort to convince market watchers and potential users that the device is a serious contender in an arena dominated by Apple's iPad.

Written by Marc Ferranti15 April 11 16:55

Wall Street Beat: Underlying confidence marks tech sector

Another strong earthquake in Japan Thursday and rising oil prices caused turmoil in the markets this week, but there still appears to be strong underlying confidence in the tech sector.

Written by Marc Ferranti09 April 11 02:18

Wall Street Beat: IT earnings boost market confidence

Oracle, Red Hat and Micron earnings, along with good macroeconomic news, are pumping oxygen into tech stocks after the tragic March 11 earthquake in Japan disrupted markets worldwide.

Written by Marc Ferranti26 March 11 07:38

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion

AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $39 billion, the companies announced Sunday.

Written by Marc Ferranti21 March 11 06:26

Wall Street Beat: Quake rocks tech stocks

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 took a tragic toll on human life but also rocked markets this week, sending shares of businesses, including technology vendors, on a rollercoaster ride.

Written by Marc Ferranti19 March 11 09:27

Wall Street Beat: IBM, Apple riding high

Passing the second anniversary of the Great Recession's market low this week, the technology sector remains a pillar for corporate revenue and investor confidence, as industry bellwethers like IBM and Apple make impressive share gains.

Written by Marc Ferranti12 March 11 08:45

Wall Street Beat: Tablets, big data shape IT economics

News from Apple and Teradata along with various economic forecasts this week show that at seemingly opposite ends of the technology-product spectrum, non-PC mobile devices and IT capable of handling extremely high volumes of data are major forces shaping the economics of the computer industry.

Written by Marc Ferranti05 March 11 07:38