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Two Ways: Big Blue, Big on Earnings


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IBM (IBM) released results for its fiscal second quarter after the bell. Big Blue earned $2.32 a share, beating analyst estimates by 30 cents and marking the highest earnings results for any first, second, or third quarter in the company's history, according to its accompanying press release.

Revenues, meanwhile, fell 13.3% year-over-year to $23.25 billion, largely inline with estimates of $23.59 billion. Gross margins came in at 45.5% in the quarter, largely driven by its software and services business. This compares with 43.2% in the same quarter the year before.

The company raised its guidance for the full fiscal 2009 year of at least $9.70 a share which compares with its previous expectations of $9.20 per share.

Shares are up nearly 2% in after-hours trading.

From the Bull Pen: Big Blue's stellar quarter was expected by IBM bulls. But would it really be that surprising to see a fake breakout to new highs and have the stock sell off? If you're thinking this, consider taking some profits and reloading near $105-ish level.

From the Bear Cave: We're right up against important resistance for the S&P at 950. But the burden likely lies more heavily on the bulls.

For more context on these levels, watch Podcast: Navigating Around S&P 950.

I can't wait for tomorrow. Not because its Expiration day, but because it's also Fat Friday. Have a great night!
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