IBM - International Business Machines Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
135.12
+0.80 (+0.60%)
At close: 4:01PM EDT

135.12
After hours: 5:31PM EDT

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Previous Close134.32
Open133.53
Bid135.33 x 800
Ask135.84 x 800
Day's Range132.93 - 135.43
52 Week Range105.94 - 154.36
Volume3,188,930
Avg. Volume3,582,108
Market Cap119.803B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.62
PE Ratio (TTM)14.22
EPS (TTM)9.50
Earnings DateJul 17, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield6.28 (4.48%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-05-09
1y Target Est147.06
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Digital Realty Trust (DLR)Source: Shutterstock For some of the best stocks to buy for retirement are real-estate investment trusts like Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR). By law, these investments are obligated to distribute 90% of taxable income to shareholders. Currently, DLR stock sports a dividend yield of 3.7%.But what does a REIT have anything to do with tech stocks? The answer is that Digital Reality specializes in housing massive data centers and servers. As our increasingly connected economy moves toward the cloud, the space necessary to store hardware comes at a premium.Because of this dynamic, DLR really sells itself among tech stocks to buy. Barring extremely unusual circumstances, the digital economy will continue to centralize hardware needs to specialized warehouses. Therefore, we can expect to see increasing demand, making this a safe pick well into the future. Texas Instruments (TXN)Source: Shutterstock Tech stocks levered toward the semiconductor industry have generated headlines recently, and for the most part, not the good kind. Geopolitical pressures which have apparently just worsened with on-again-and-off-again tensions between the U.S. and China, have pressured tech firms. Even the usually reliable Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) has felt some heat recently.But if you've got a long-term outlook with your stocks to buy, I wouldn't get discouraged with TXN stock. In fact, quite the opposite: Texas Instruments is likely experiencing a temporarily bearish reaction due to the negative print. On their side, though, TXN is straight-up flying, presenting a solid beat for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 earnings report. * Top 7 Dow Jones Stocks of 2019 -- So Far TXN stock also has a viable path forward once we work out this geopolitical mess. 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With high-profile digital data breaches occurring with alarming frequency, it's not rocket science to understand why IRM is important.In addition, I think investors tend to overlook its legacy businesses, including physical-document destruction. This seems like an anachronistic sector, yet companies keep paper records for security and as back-ups. When they no longer need these sensitive documents, IRM provides the scale to service this demand efficiently. 3M (MMM)Source: Shutterstock Speaking of physical documents, this is a great segue to discuss 3M (NYSE:MMM). Inarguably, 3M's biggest claim to fame is its ubiquitous Post-it Notes. Simple and yet shockingly effective, a small piece of paper with a sticky end catapulted this organization to worldwide recognition. And in this dizzying pace of digital innovation, 3M stock is still relevant.How so? Consider what happens when technology fails. 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Despite substantial efforts, IBM lags behind cloud leaders Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Also, other competitors like Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) are gaining ground. IBM Stock Isn't AwfulFrom purely topical numbers such as cloud revenues, it's easy to dismiss the IBM stock price as overvalued. After all, this is a legacy company older than most InvestorPlace readers.That said, it's tough to make an apples-to-apples comparison among various cloud players. Primarily, this is because many companies include segments that lever critical nuances to the analysis. For instance, Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue includes Office 365, which can distort the bigger picture.Why? Because Office 365 is both a retail and a commercial platform. Right now, people starving students up to Fortune 500 companies use Office 365. Due to this vast coverage, it's hard to pinpoint what customers a cloud company is attracting.Platforms like AWS and Azure appeal to the masses, which means higher volume and lower margins. Companies like IBM and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) are the opposite. More or less, they seek industry titans, resulting in lower volume but higher margins.The idea behind the Red Hat buyout is to catalyze Big Blue's synergies which are attractive to the alpha dogs. As IBM CEO Ginni Rometty mentioned, she's not interested in Red Hat simply to consume its resources. Instead, Rometty envisions an accretive venture, one that will "unlock the full value of the cloud" for large-scale businesses.Even without the Red Hat deal, the legacy tech giant offered arguably superior synergies for its cloud clients. This isn't just about data storage, of which the company levers several massive data centers. Instead, IBM offers holistic coverage, ranging from administrative functions up to cognitive machine learning.And believe me, the machine learning part is no gimmick. Big Blue has already displaced white-collar workers with artificial intelligence. In terms of big business, IBM stock is a very credible investment. The Competition WorryingAnother reason why investors shouldn't panic over nearer-term noise is the competition. Yes, Amazon and Microsoft are the current sales leaders, but they can't afford to rest on their laurels.As I mentioned above, these two tend to attract smaller clients. Due to this dynamic, they must constantly fight against the inevitable churn rate.An important point for those thinking about buying IBM is that rival cloud platforms aren't as tip-top as typically advertised. Through forums like Reddit, I've seen many complaints about AWS' cumbersome nature. Apparently, the support service for AWS is also lacking.I'm not surprised about Amazon's cloud problems. 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