Does R&D Matter to Tech Companies?

There is a broadly held assumption that research and development (R&D) budget sizes matter a great deal to the current and future financial...

Why a New Dell Buyout?

Financial firm Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) may make a offer to take Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) private, an offer that would be higher than one...

Dell's Future: A Sell-Off of Its Parts

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is besieged by investors who want an alternative future to Michael Dell's plans to take the company private. Although Dell's...

IBM Holds Lead in Server Market

The second half of last year was supposed to bring some improvement in server sales following a first half during which customers were sitting on...

Week in Preview: Discover, Oracle and Tiffany Earnings

Oracle, Discover and Tiffany are all expected to report year-over-year growth for their most recent quarters this week. Meanwhile, many will be looking for an updated snapshot of the housing market, with three sets of real-estate data coming out.

Stocks Close Higher for the Week, Once Again

The last full trading week of 2010 has closed and stocks were modestly mixed trading on light volume. While pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck put a damper on the Dow, robust earnings from Oracle and Research In Motion helped lift tech stocks.

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%.

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.

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd May Join Oracle

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd, who was forced out of the company after sexual harassment charges were brought against him, is said to be in talks to join Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company.

Oracle's Larry Ellison Takes the CEO Cake

Larry Ellison (pictured) of Oracle (ORCL) tops the Wall Street Journal's new list of the twenty-five highest-paid CEOs of the last decade. Ellison's total compensation over the last ten years, including salary, bonus, stock and stock option grants, was $1.84 billion.