1. Clearly, IDC and Gartner were off in their market forecast. I have worked with both entities and in general, they are a couple of reliable sources of information. Their forecast is based on statistical sampling. Surely they can't be out there to count every single p/c that gets shipped. Are they guilty of market manipulation by fudging the data? Perhaps.
2. In a down market of yesterday, it was rather difficult to understand how the INTC stock went up only to learn that the windows did okay based on MSFT's news release after the market close.
3. UBS, in their latest report, claim the short interest to be 8+% of float although yahoo's data doesn't correlate with those numbers given that the later number is lagging in time. In either case, while this can't be the determining factor in investing in a stock, nevertheless, it can't be ignored.
4. We move to the insiders part where there is a selling. And last,
5. Of course, the MMs must be factored in because today being Option Expiration date.
In conclusion, as several people here have repeatedly pointed out, there is a need for a catalyst for the stock to move up. Making Stacy the next CEO isn't going to cut it.