The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Ingram Micro, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft

      The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Ingram Micro, Juniper Networks,
                      Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Microsoft

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CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM), Juniper
Networks Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), IBM Corp.
(NYSE:IBM) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT).

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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

Ingram Buys Promark Technology

Technology distribution company Ingram Micro (NYSE:IM) has acquired value
added technology distributor Promark Technology. The latter particularly
focuses on data storage, data management, and products and services related to
electronic document imaging.

The acquisition, which was closed on November 30, is a prudent move by Ingram.
Not only will the acquisition strengthen Ingram's position in the premium
products and solutions market, but it will also help the company to strengthen
its leadership position at public sector organizations.

The company is especially gaining from increased orders from Small & Medium
Business (SMB) organizations in Europe, particularly in Germany and the U.K.
This sector continues to spend on IT even as macroeconomic headwinds continue
to impact overall business in Europe. Ingram is now targeting the SMB segment
in a more comprehensive way, not just in Europe but across all regions.
Moreover, following the acquisition, Ingram will be able to offer better
services at competitive prices.

Cost benefits of cloud computing are pushing different companies toward
massive information technology restructuring and upgrades. This is one of the
reasons that SMBs have been investing in the area despite the weak economic
conditions that have led to a slump in overall IT spending. We expect this to
continue working in favor of distributors like Ingram. Again, the company's
partners and associates of Promark will offer a vast array of business
opportunities that were previously unavailable.

Acquisitions have always been the preferred strategy for Ingram's growth. A
couple of months back, Ingram closed the acquisition of Brightpoint Inc., a
leading distributor of wireless devices, for a cash consideration of $840.0
million.

We remain optimistic about Ingram Micro's strategic relationship with network
giant Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) as well as with tech giants such as
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), IBM Corp. (NYSE:IBM) and Microsoft Corp.
(Nasdaq:MSFT).

However, the company's significant European exposure, debt burden, and low
order volume from government companies may have a negative impact in the short
term.

Currently, Ingram Micro has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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