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Tim Piechowski, Associate Portfolio Manager at Alpine Capital Research explains why the buyout offers from Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management's substantially undervalues the company.
DELL'S DOLDRUMS: Slumping personal computer maker Dell Inc. is still having trouble adapting to a market increasingly dominated by smartphones and tablets. POINT: The dismal performance could help Dell's board persuade more shareholders to accept a $24.4 billion buyout offer from CEO Michael Dell and other investors.
Apple Inc. rose $5.73 or 1.3 percent, to $434.58. Dell Inc. fell$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $13.43. Hewlett Packard Co. rose$. 39 or 1.9 percent, to $21.36.
Dell reported earnings that fell far shy of market forecasts but revenue came in better than expected. Shares were little changed after-hours.
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SAN FRANCISCO, May 16- Dell Inc, the subject of a takeover battle between activist investor Carl Icahn and the company's billionaire founder, reported a 79 percent slide in profit as personal computer sales continued to shrink.
Stocks ended near session lows Thursday pressured by a handful of weak economic data and as some Fed officials stated their openness to tapering the central bank's bond-buying program in the coming months.
CNBC's Jon Fortt has Dell's quarterly numbers. Carr Lanphier, Morningstar, offers his perspective too.
Hedge fund managers and investment gurus have to notify the SEC about their moves every quarter. Investors pore over this data in the belief the big fish have special insight.
*Cisco shares rise 9 pct in early trading. Aug 16- Shares of Cisco Systems Inc jumped 9 percent on Thursday as a dividend hike and share buyback plan overshadowed comments that business conditions in Europe would not improve anytime soon for the network equipment maker.
Apple Inc. rose $6.83 or 1.6 percent, to $435.68. Dell Inc. fell$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $13.43. Hewlett Packard Co. rose$. 46 or 2.2 percent, to $21.43.
Hess and Elliott Management ended a long-running proxy feud, settling on a mix of new directors and putting a battle over the company's strategy behind them.
Apple Inc. fell $1.91 or. 4 percent, to $426.94. Dell Inc. fell$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $13.43. Hewlett Packard Co. rose$. 09 or. 4 percent, to $21.06.
U.S. stock index futures were flat Thursday as investors digested a handful of weaker-than-expected economic data against upbeat earnings report from Cisco.
Apple Inc. fell $15.01 or 3.4 percent, to $428.85. Dell Inc. fell$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $13.45. Hewlett Packard Co. fell$. 55 or 2.6 percent, to $20.97.
Big investors are reporting their quarterly holdings, offering a glimpse into what some of the big fish were buying and selling during the first quarter.
BOSTON, May 15- Several top stock-picking hedge funds bought about 30 million shares of PC maker Dell Inc in the first quarter, possibly increasing pressure on company founder Michael Dell to improve his bid to take the company private.
Cisco shares jumped after the firm beat on earnings, citing signs of improvement. "I am a little surprised," one trader said, as it was a tough quarter for other networking firms.
NEW YORK, May 15- Barry Rosenstein's JANA Partners liked grocery chain Supervalu Inc in a big way in the first quarter, while Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management lost its stomach for the company's shares. Regulatory filings revealed that JANA, a hedge fund with $5.5 billion in assets, picked up some 14 million shares of Supervalu in the quarter ended March 31.
NEW YORK, May 15- Barry Rosentein's JANA Partners liked grocery chain Supervalu Inc in a big way in the first quarter, while Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management lost its stomach for the company's shares.