Are architects, engineers and animators in trouble? It's worth asking because Autodesk -- the longtime provider of 3D design, engineering, and architecture software -- posted disappointing quarterly results on Thursday afternoon.
As box makers struggled with the low-margin business of selling hardware at cutthroat prices, Microsoft was there to cash in on the high-margin software end. Eleven years ago, the company's stock closed at $27.43; it's trading just shy of that mark right now, making Microsoft the poster child for what some investors are calling "the lost decade."
You won't find too many fans of HP stock right now, after last week's announcement about the death of the TouchPad. But PC makers are going through a rough patch in general, as consumers turn to tablets and businesses embrace the cloud. Here's why HP is still a decent bet -- and in better shape than a certain competitor.