Perhaps it's time to stay out of computer stocks. On Jan. 19, share prices in chipmaker Intel and workstation king Sun Microsystems slumped after both reported slightly lower-than-expected earnings. When Digital Equipment surprised Wall Street the same morning with a $72 million loss for the quarter ended Jan. 1, investors ran for the exits: Digital shares tumbled $3.75, to $32.75. DEC, which in November indicated an end to red ink sometime in the fiscal year ending July 2, now says the turnaround will take longer.

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