- Summary: International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) reported net earnings of $2.2 billion, up 11% from the year earlier period. EPS came in at $1.30 -- 1 cent above estimates. Share prices responded positively to the news, increasing nearly three-quarters of a percent during trading before the announcement yesterday, then getting another 1.5% boost in after-hours trading. The increase in net earnings resulted mainly from an increase in software sales. IBM reported a revenue increase of 45% in their semiconductor division, largely on video game console chip sales. However, there was also cause for concern with contract signing falling significantly. Long-term deals faired the worst during this past quarter, coming in at just $4.6 billion -- only half of what they were a year ago. Since contract signings are one of the best predictors of future revenue, there is concern that IBM is gradually losing market share in this increasingly competitive market.
- Comment on related stocks/ETFs: For more in-depth coverage of IBM's most recent quarter, see the company's conference call transcript now available at Seeking Alpha.
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