Updated from 12:31 p.m. ET to reflect IBM's third-quarter report, after-hours actionARMONK, New York. ( TheStreet) -- IBM ( IBM) has become an attractive prospect for investors looking for certainty in a fickle economy. Although not a glitzy gadget maker in the style of Apple ( AAPL) or a funky Internet stock a la Google ( GOOG), IBM's vast software and services divisions offer consistently stable revenue streams, helping insulate the firm against economic unease.
|IBM reports its third-quarter results after market close.|