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IBM ( IBM)

Company Profile: IBM is the world's biggest computer-services provider.

Closing Price: $138.85 (Oct. 8)

Current Dividend: 1.9%

Smith's Take: "IBM has a tremendous global exposure, particularly to emerging markets. As we look forward to the drivers for earnings growth, having global exposure will be an important theme. IBM has transformed itself over the past 10 years from hardware-oriented to service- and software-oriented. That has resulted in greater predictability of earnings."

Analyst Consensus: Seventeen of 22 analysts with coverage of IBM rate the stock a "buy." The other five say investors should hold on to shares.

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