It was another warm and fuzzy outing for Dell
Dell's top-line outlook for the current quarter wasn't exactly burning-bush glorious, and that caused some concerns. But the company's proven direct-selling model and envy-of-the-industry cost advantages have allowed it to nail earnings estimates over the years. Barron's probably had the best summary of the company's report; it wrote over the weekend that "Dell sticks its numbers the way Romanian gymnasts stick their landings."
Yes, Dell is trading lower than it did when it peaked five years ago, but it's also in a much better competitive position these days. Since those all-time highs, its rivals have regrouped -- with Compaq turning to Hewlett-Packard
Sure, Apple Computer
At one time, owning operating-system titan Microsoft
Along with Apple, Dell has established itself as the highest class of computing. Shareholders probably won't mind the schooling.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no problems with the mixed marriage of his HP desktop projecting on his Dell monitor. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.