BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- IBM (IBM - Get Report), known as Big Blue, is among the most storied U.S. companies. The original "business machine manufacturer" pioneered computing and, then, in the 1990s, as it lost hardware market share to the likes of HP (HPQ - Get Report), Dell (DELL) and Apple (AAPL - Get Report), it reinvented itself as a global technology consultant.Management, led by current CEO Sam Palmisano, has proven to be forward-looking, nimble and, more importantly, dedicated to rewarding shareholders. IBM's stock has returned 14%, annualized, since 2008, third best of the 30 Dow equities.
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