Stockpickr Snapshot: IBM's Buyback

After Tuesday's rally, it's worth seeing who owned this stock.
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IBM (IBM) - Get Report upped its buyback by $15 billion Tuesday and increased its dividend to 40 cents from 30 cents. CEO Sam Palmisano said the immediate effect of this increased buyback would be to increase EPS by 12% to 14% next year, which is 1% to 3% higher than expected.

A look at the various Stockpickr portfolios that hold this tech luminary casts an interesting light on IBM, which even after Tuesday's 3.5% rally and the

Dow's

ascent toward 13,000 remains on the

Dogs of the 21st century

list -- the 18 Dow stocks that are down for this century. IBM is down 10% in the 21st century, which is better than other Dogs, including

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

, which is down 43%, and

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

, which is down 56%.

IBM also resides in the

Mad Money Buybacks

portfolio. Over the past 10 years, IBM has been a voracious eater of its own shares. Last year alone, the company bought back more than 97 million shares for $8.1 billion, paying around $83.50 per share. IBM had about $5 billion remaining from its board authorizations at the end of December. The $15 billion extension now gives the company $20 billion in buying power. (Keep an eye on TheStreet.com TV for Jim and I discussing IBM later today.)

In his recent book,

Mad Money

, Jim Cramer suggests buying companies that are not only announcing buybacks but have also considerably reduced their share float in recent years, proving that the buyback is actually doing something instead of just replacing options issued.

IBM has bought back more than 1.2 billion shares on a split-adjusted basis, at an average price of about $62 per share since the inception of our share repurchase program in 1995. In other words, IBM has been a successful trader of its own shares. Given that IBM plans to aggressively repurchase shares at this level, if it were to be similarly successful, the stock would end up near $150.

Other buyback kings that make this list include

Disney

(DIS) - Get Report

,

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

, and IBM's top competitor,

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

.

Now let's look at some other portfolios where Big Blue lands. IBM makes the list of

Most Philanthropic Companies

. The idea being if that a company is confident enough to give over cash flows to charities then those cash flows are probably stable. Also, a dollar toward a charity probably has similar value to a dollar spent on marketing for the company. IBM donated just under $150 million last year, slightly under

General Electric's

(GE) - Get Report

$170 million.

Jim Simons,

Alpha Magazine's

$1.7 billion man, based on his pay from his hedge fund Renaissance Capital,

owns shares of IBM

.

Intel Capital

, which allocates Intel's pension fund money, owns shares of IBM.

Nobody does hardware better than IBM, which is why it's

no surprise

to see IBM in the

Powershares Lux NanoTech

(PXN)

ETF. This is the research that could finally move IBM beyond software and services for the mainframe.

IBM is

also

in the

PowerShares Dynamic Deep Value

(PVM)

ETF.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs several quantitative-based hedge funds as well as a fund of hedge funds. He is also the author of

Trade Like a Hedge Fund

and

Trade Like Warren Buffett

. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback;

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