The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Dell, Apple, Google, IBM and Hewlett-Packard

       The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Dell, Apple, Google, IBM and

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CHICAGO, March 22, 2013

CHICAGO, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ 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 Dell Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL), Apple
Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL), Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG), IBM (NYSE:IBM) and
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).


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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

Dell Modernizes Singapore Exchange

Singapore Exchange ("SGX") has modernized its technology infrastructure with
the help of Dell Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL). The deployment of Dell's futuristic
technology enabled SGX to double the speed of its operations, thereby
increasing its efficiency and reducing its operating costs.

This deal was a big win for Dell in recent times, as SGX is one of the largest
stock exchanges in Asia and in the world.

The project requires Dell to provide end-to-end application modernization
services and mainframe re-hosting technology. Dell is expected to help SGX's
entire mainframe complex, which includes maintaining, clearing and settlement;
third-party tools and utilities; and server and storage resources to provide a
customer-friendly IT solution.

Dell is going all out to establish its credentials in the IT market again. The
company may be expected to make several marketing and strategic moves to
strengthen its business model. Its privatization is a positive, since it is
likely to make the company more nimble and help it take tough decisions.
However, it could have a negative effect on the company's credibility.

These deal wins and privatization are likely to help Dell generate much-needed
cash that the company could spend to pay off its private equity investors and
service its debt.

Ever-increasing competition from companies such as Lenovo, Asustek, Apple Inc.
(Nasdaq:AAPL), Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard
Company (NYSE:HPQ), and Cisco Systems has restricted Dell's growth prospects.
The players are moving faster than Dell even in emerging markets that Dell is
now targeting, so the going is likely to be tough.

We are also concerned about conservative tech spending, continued weakness in
the PC market in 2013, declining revenues and competition from its peers.
However, back-to-back product launches, a growing presence in the enterprise
storage space and continuous deal wins seem encouraging.

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

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