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Why Dell Stock Popped 10% Today

By Rich Smith – Updated Aug 30, 2019 at 6:20PM

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The earnings beat was great, and the guidance was even better.

What happened

Shares of Dell Technologies (DELL 1.64%) closed 10.2% higher Friday after the PC-maker beat analyst estimates for second-quarter sales and earnings.

Expected to earn $1.47 per share pro forma on sales of $23.2 billion, Dell instead reported profits of $2.15 per share on sales of $23.4 billion. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) net income per diluted share was an even more impressive $4.83. 

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So what

Nearly a year after returning to the public markets in an initial public offering (IPO), Dell is doing just swell. Q2 sales were up 2% year over year, and pro forma profits grew more than 28%. 

Operating profits are back in positive territory. Dell earned a 19.3% net profit on its revenues -- $4.5 billion -- and cash from operations tipped the scales at $3.3 billion.

Now what

Things may get even better from here. Dell chairman of the board Jeff Clarke commented that Dell appears to be "in the early stages of a technology-led investment cycle. IT spending remains healthy and our business drivers remain strong."

Upping its guidance accordingly, Dell now predicts that fiscal 2020 revenues (Dell's fiscal year runs a year ahead of the calendar year) will range from $93 billion to $94.5 billion, a bit better than the $93.5 billion Wall Street consensus at the midpoint of that range. Pro forma profit estimates now call for earnings of $6.95 to $7.40, far ahead of the $6.42 analyst consensus.

Rich Smith has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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