NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Almost every day the headlines read "The PC is Dead." I want to add "...and so is Dell ( DELL)." This stock shows that professional investors are sometimes wrong about the investment quality of a stock.As I have said, for a stock to be a long-term investment that has a place in a conservative retirement account, it should have a forecast of at least 10% increases in revenue, earnings and total return. Anything else is a speculative situation that should be traded on technical analysis. Let's look at what I mean. In the past nine months, Dell has had one bad earnings report after another and investors are leaving in droves. Just look at this graph provided by Barchart showing price against the 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages and the 14-day turtle channels:
Investor interest: Here is where I think Wall Street has it all wrong. The overly educated CFAs have made 11 strong buy, five buy, 15 hold, two underperform and no sell recommendations to their clients. I'm not sure I interpret their own revenue and earnings projections the same way they do.I use Motley Fool readers' opinions to gauge the individual investors' sentiment and even its 5,775 readers have given a weak 71% vote of confidence that the stock will beat the market. Competition: I always like to see how the market views a stock compared to its competition. Over the past year, while Apple ( AAPL) was up 60% and IBM ( IBM) was up 13%, Dell was down 41% and Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) was down by 45%.