Plus, there continue to be rumblings that Apple might adopt Intel in its devices. Although Intel has yet to confirm these rumors, as with Microsoft, things can't get much worse with expectations already so low.
In the meantime, the company has given investors reasons to remain patient by announcing a pretty significant
. The last time Intel bought back shares, the stock surged more than 40% in two quarters. At $21 per share, the stock deserves a long look and offers 20% premium potential on the basis of the share buyback.
Last on the list is Dell, a company that I have always wanted to like. Dell has been down, but the company has not sat waiting for defeat to come its way. Dell has responded by spending $2.4 billion in M&A acquisitions on names such as
. This deal arrived shortly after Dell buying
for an estimated $1.2 billion.
The company is trying to build its software portfolio by buying up niche companies, hoping to offset its deteriorating hardware/PC businesses. Unfortunately, this has not worked so far, and the Street has gotten impatient. In 2013, if Dell can find new ways to grow its high-margin segments (which include networking and storage), it can harvest some value that left in it business.
Dell also must figure out ways to better leverage its recent acquisitions and address a new mobile strategy. This is the only way it can effectively fight back. I've said this before, Dell should do something radical and buy
Research In Motion
. It makes too much sense not to happen. With RIM's existing enterprise footprint, Dell would immediately become relevant again.
The company has spent billions over the past several years acquiring companies that have done little to lift its profile. Dell should realize a change is necessary. Nonetheless, with minimal expectations in these shares, they are just too cheap to pass up. Even on the most conservative assumptions, the stock is worth $15, which represents 36% premium to recent levels.
At the time of publication, the author was long AAPL
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