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Enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on IBM
Many CAPS investors think IBM has many advantages today. First, the dividend that it pays, like other large, stable companies like AT&T
Many also believe IBM will benefit from the economic downturn by helping clients integrate computer systems as more companies merge or downsize. A large portion of its business goes to helping companies become more efficient, and demand has been growing as companies focus more on cutting costs. The technology stalwart has also shown the ability to adapt and stay ahead of long-term trends, rather than simply withering away in the economic downturn.
IBM also continues to be sought out for outsourced services; it recently picked up an eight-year, $873 million contract with the state of Georgia, with the assistance of subcontractors Dell
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Fool contributor Dave Mock swears he's allergic to shopping, and has no interest in curing the disorder. He owns shares of Intel. Unilever is an Income Investor pick. Intel and Dell are Inside Value selections. The Fool owns shares of Intel. The Fool's disclosure policy prefers dark meat over white meat.