Turmoil resumed in the markets today, with the Nasdaq skidding off to a 5.2% loss. Today, we're taking a look at the three top technology stories that developed over the past 24 hours. Let's get right to the action.
Tech News No. 1: Turmoil in the markets resumes
After stocks were able to see some gains from lows reached last week, skittishness over weakening economies in Europe and the possibility of a double-dip recession were widely noted in today's broad sell-off. Still, not all sectors were hit equally. One area of particular weakness was storage and networking stocks. Immediately at fault was NetApp's
Particularly hard hit were "best of breed" networking companies. One of the emerging storylines has been the ability of companies specializing in emerging-growth areas of networking to hoodwink Cisco
Here's a recap of some of the networking and storage stocks hit hardest today.
% Off 52-Week High
||Session Border Controllers||17.4%||51.1%|
||Storage Market Leader||8.5%||28.3%|
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
Downright glum comments from NetApp about slowing growth this quarter and potential troubles within the government and finance markets point toward a tough tech landscape in the quarters ahead. However, if you can find companies on sale with strong balance sheets to weather the storm and products with key competitive advantages over customers, they should come emerge as winners over the next few years, even if the short term looks choppy. Looking at the tight range off 52-week highs all the networking stocks trade in, it looks like these companies are being sold off in a basket regardless of their business direction or advantages over networking giant Cisco. I'll definitely be diving deeper into this sector in coming weeks.
Tech News No. 2: HP goes all IBM
HP is doing its best to copy this exact playbook. The company will also be killing its poorly selling tablet line and is in discussions to buy British software firm Autonomy. Investors briefly shot HP's stock up 14% after news broke of possibly divesting the PC business, but those gains proved fleeting. HP quickly returned back into the red, closing the day down 6%. After hours, the company joined the chorus of tech companies reducing guidance, further disheartening investors.
Tech News No. 3: Amidst the sell-off, a Chinese IPO flounders
This week's sole IPO, Tudou
- See me on CNBC, discussing Tudou last night.
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