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slid 4.3% in late afternoon before the computer maker was due to report third-quarter earnings.

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consensus is 29 cents a share.

Credit Suisse First Boston

said it expects the computer maker to report revenue at the low end of the estimated range of $9.65 billion to $9.85 billion and predicted the stock would hit $42.50 in six months to a year.