Dell Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (DELL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 23.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $637.00 million or 73.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Computers & Peripherals industry average. The net income has decreased by 17.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $890.00 million to $732.00 million.

Dell Inc. provides integrated technology solutions in the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $17 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Dell Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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