The bigger issue for Dell is maintaining its current profit levels. "While we applaud Dell's management team for its margin performance, we cannot get constructive on the shares quite yet due to our belief that current margin levels are unsustainable," said Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Company, in a note released on Friday.
HP shares rose in the aftermath of Dell's results on Thursday, and crept up 6 cents, or 0.14%, to $41.75 on Friday.
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