This year hasn't been kind to shares of IBM (NYSE:IBM). The Dow component is trailing the broader market badly, and could end 2013 as the single worst stock in the group.

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But does next year hold more promise for IBM investors?

In the following video, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos tries to answer that question. He goes over the tech giant's recent performance and notes that the company has seen some particularly bad results in emerging markets. Still, profitability is holding up, the company is generating billions in free cash flow, and it's on track to boost earnings by 25% in two years. Those fundamentals point to an attractive valuation that could prime IBM shares for a solid 2014.

Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of IBM. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.