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"For all its complexity, IBM (IBM +5%) continues to emphasize a simple goal – growing EPS...
"For all its complexity, IBM (IBM +5%) continues to emphasize a simple goal – growing EPS through a variety of tools," writes CLSA. Big Blue's Q4 report and 2013 guidance indicate it remains quite successful in this respect in spite of minimal top-line growth, and the market is responding accordingly. As far as the top-line goes, UBS is encouraged by an upbeat earnings call and opportunities in focus areas such as emerging markets, analytics, and cloud solutions. ISI is more cautious, arguing IBM's valuation (12.3x 2013E EPS) is a little too high.