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IT behemoth IBM ( IBM) is having a good year in 2013. Shares of "Big Blue" have climbed more than 11.3% since the first trading day in January, even besting the impressive performance of the S&P over the same period. IBM builds mainframes, designs software and provides IT services to corporate clients across more than 170 countries.

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IBM led the charge for PC makers to switch their focus to enterprise IT back in 2005, selling off its consumer PC business to Lenovo and replacing it with a lucrative set of efforts that includes services that earn mammoth operating profits. Since then, almost every major PC-maker has followed suit, de-emphasizing their increasingly commoditized computer operations in favor of the growth potential of enterprise IT. By becoming a go-to resource for clients, IBM ensures a sticky, (largely recurring) revenue stream. That's enviable positioning, especially given that other computer makers are scrambling to play catch up eight years later.

Financially, IBM is a high performer. The firm earns double-digit net profit margins for its efforts, and it's used that cash to generate one of the heftiest shareholder yields in the tech sector. Last year, IBM returns more than $16 billion to investors in the form of dividends and share buybacks. This week, we're betting on shares of this Rocket Stock name.

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