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Why IBM Is a Safe-Haven Stock

While the overall stock market has plunged, IBM has remained flat. What's its secret to stability? We take a look under the hood to figure out what makes it a safe-haven stock -- and what elements investors should look for as they seek out others.

Will U.S. Downgrade Bring On a Bear Market?

Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. debt rating for the first time on Friday. Coming on top of concerns of a second recession, the move has investors worried that we're headed into a bear market for stocks. Here's what a bear market would mean.

Will Big Layoffs Help Cisco's Stock?

Networking giant Cisco (CSCO) is not only one of the most important tech companies in the U.S. with a market cap of $94 billion, it is also one of...

Stocks Fall as Oil Prices Rise and Tech Weighs

Increasing violence in Libya caused oil prices to rise and stocks to fall 80 points to close at 12,090 on Monday. It didn't help that a Wells Fargo analyst also downgraded the semiconductor industry, sending shares of Intel down by 1.6%.

A Quieter Week Could Keep the Rally Rolling

Last week, traders had ample opportunity to take some profits -- and yet the market kept rising. With a much quieter week on tap and a key technical hurdle overcome, stocks could very well extend their gains in the sessions ahead.

What If the Dow Tracked Only the 'Industrials'?

It's been a long time since the DJIA tracked just America's smokestack economy. But today's economic rebound is being led so far by traditional manufacturers. And if you plot those Dow components as a group, you'll see they're leading the larger pack by far.

Short Sellers Increase Bets Against Big Tech

Are traders expecting a sell-off in big tech? Short sellers have increased their gambles against big-tech shares in the period that ended Nov. 30, with shares sold sold short in Intel rising 81%.

A Big Opportunity in a Beaten-Down Cisco

Despite the pounding Cisco took after it lowered its guidance on Nov. 10, 32 Wall Street analysts still rate the stock a buy. Says one: "The key basic values in Cisco as a dominant player in technology are so compelling, that you can surely expect to be amply rewarded."

Hewlett-Packard Close to ArcSight Deal

HP is close to a deal to buy security software maker ArcSight (ARST). The transaction would be worth about $1.5 billion, or a little more that $43 a share. That's a 24% premium over where ArcSight's shares traded on September 10.

Cisco, Westcon to Pay $48 Million for Cheating U.S.

Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Westcon Group North America agreed to pay $48 million to settle charges they paid kickbacks and referral fees to win government business, and then recouped those costs and more by overcharging the government for their services.

Google Expands to TV

Google is set to announce that its Android software has been adapted to run on set-top boxes.

Cisco Expected to Report Improved Sales

Cisco is expected to report positive sales growth Wednesday, buoyed by growing confidence in its core customer base of businesses and governments. The networking-gear maker's performance typically serves as a bellwether of spending on costly information technology infrastructure.

Glimmers of hope vs. global meltdown

General Electric (GE) has started to see the first "glimmers of hope" in the world economy, according to Nani Beccalli, CEO of GE International,...