Big Blue is back.


(IBM) - Get Report

is managing its way through the recession and

beating profit estimates with its fourth-quarter earnings report yesterday.

So guess what company is giving the markets a lift today with a near 7% gain in its shares so far today? That's right, Big Blue. So the naysayers, doubters, profit-takers and all the rest who pushed IBM shares down 3% yesterday learned that pessimism is not the order of the day.

It's nice to see the market react positively to good news. Heck, it's nice to have some good news.

Now how about the rest of the companies in the S&P computer hardware index -- we need some more good news to lift the sector out of the doldrums and spark a sustainable rally. So far, IBM's the only one in positive territory for 2009 and down the least over the past 12 months.


(AAPL) - Get Report

is down 50% in the past 12 months;


(DELL) - Get Report


Sun Microsystems

( JAVA) are down even more.


(HPQ) - Get Report

is down only 22% over the past 12 months but appears to be slipping back;


(TDC) - Get Report

is down 40% and sliding, too.

Come on, if IBM can deliver a positive earnings surprise, can't one of the others?

Apple, it's your turn now with your first-quarter report Wednesday afternoon.