IBM - International Business Machines Corporation

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
140.04
+0.61 (+0.44%)
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Previous Close138.79
Open139.37
Bid139.75 x 800
Ask139.76 x 900
Day's Range138.73 - 140.27
52 Week Range105.94 - 162.00
Volume1,774,137
Avg. Volume4,835,320
Market Cap124.617B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.76
PE Ratio (TTM)14.71
EPS (TTM)9.52
Earnings DateApr 16, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield6.28 (4.52%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-07
1y Target Est140.22
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This beats the previous record of 50. While the company is still years from applying Bristlecone to its bottom line, it still makes Alphabet an industry leader.While buying GOOGL stock would invest one in quantum computing, it will not come cheap. The stock currently trades at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 27.29. While not as high as some, it exceeds S&P 500 averages.Analysts expect average annual profit growth to exceed 18% per year over the next five years, however. And though quantum computing remains a small part of Google for now, maintaining this edge in quantum processing will be critical to the company's long-term success.Source: Shutterstock AT&T (T)AT&T (NYSE:T) probably does not strike investors as an obvious quantum computing stock. The telecom giant is best known for telephone service in past decades and internet and wireless services today. Most of the focus for future technology has revolved around 5G wireless service.What makes T stock one of the best stocks in quantum has come from the company's research arm, AT&T Labs. The company has no plans to build quantum computers. However, they view quantum from the standpoint of minimizing latency.They envision two network edges. The 5G edge will be one. Another edge involves a quantum-based edge where the data follows the user. Hence it will use quantum computing so large amounts of data do not overtax its network.Due to factors related to 5G, T stock trades at a bargain. This slow growth is likely due to the high costs of the 5G rollout. Analysts only expect 6.2% average annual profit growth over the next five years. However, T stock offers benefits value investors should not ignore. First, trades at a forward P/E ratio of just over nine. This comes in over 50% below its five-year average P/E of 10.55. * 7 Winning High-Yield Dividend Stocks With Payouts Over 5% The dividend also pays an impressive 6.74% yield. Due to T stock's dividend aristocrat status, the company can ill afford to end its multi-decade streak of dividend increases. Hence, the dividend will likely continue moving higher. Though T stock serves as a more indirect quantum play than some investors might like, the low P/E and high dividend should serve as a draw.Source: Shutterstock IBM (IBM)IBM (NYSE:IBM) has become one of the leading companies and best stocks in quantum computing. Their quantum initiative, called IBM Q, seeks to build what it calls, "commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science." Quantum remains in the research phase now. Still, within five years, the company expects both professionals and developers will be using this technology directly.Also, compared with other top quantum plays such as Microsoft or Alphabet, IBM stock trades a low valuation. It currently trades at a forward P/E of 14.57. The five-year average P/E stands at just over 12.9. Also, due in large part to new initiatives such as quantum, Wall Street expects profit growth to return.Moreover, it has grown its dividend throughout history. The dividend yield now stands at about 5.61%. IBM stock can also claim dividend aristocrat status in three years so IBM will likely keep increasing the dividend. Even if growth disappoints for the foreseeable future, quantum computing should play a large role in taking the IBM stock price and the dividend higher in future years.Source: Shutterstock Intel (INTC)Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has made a comeback as it builds a future beyond the PC market that sustained the company for decades. Building quantum computers is now one of INTC's options for sustained growth. As silicon transistors have reached the limits of what they can handle, technology must adapt. And Intel now leads the way in this endeavor.Intel combines silicon with existing technologies to produce the world's smallest quantum chips. Taking these so-called "spin qubit" chips to market will require further research as right now they can only operate at absolute zero. Still, Intel continues working to advance the power of its processors even as the limits of silicon slows down the rate of increase. * 15 Stocks Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash The good news for investors is that INTC trades at a relatively low valuation. It has risen substantially from the depths of the PC decline in 2013. Still, it trades at a forward P/E of about 11.91. This stands well below the 15.6 average P/E for the last five years. Also, growing prominence in the data center space and a comeback in PCs bolstered INTC stock. Analysts believe that growth will average over 10.2% per year over the next five years.Investors will also earn profit via the currently 2.27% dividend. With a low P/E, double-digit growth and a high, growing dividend, INTC stock is poised to become one of the best quantum computing stocks in the post-PC era.Source: Shutterstock Lockheed Martin (LMT)Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) could provide one of the more direct ways available to invest in privately-held D-Wave. The world's largest defense contractor became the first customer of D-Wave as it sought to gain an early edge in quantum computing.Lockheed bears some of its highest costs in what it calls verification and validation. Today's technology forces the company to tests scenarios on an individual basis. Through quantum computing, the company could then test multiple solutions all at once, ensuring quality and reliability at a much lower cost.Like quantum, LMT finds itself on a roll. Boosted by tax cuts and increased defense spending, LMT stock expects to see profits rise by an average of 47% per year over the next five years!Despite this growth, the forward P/E ratio stands at only about 16.97. The company has also increased its dividend every year since 2003. Its annual dividend comes to a yield of about 2.5%, well above S&P 500 averages.Source: Shutterstock Microsoft (MSFT)Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has also taken an interest in quantum computing. Ever since Satya Nadella took over the company, Microsoft has become one of the largest companies in the cloud. Also, with its experience in software, a focus on the future of quantum could make MSFT one of the best stocks in this space.One of the latest innovations in quantum computing is the Q programming language. Microsoft's most recent push involves offering free intro courses in Q. The hardware technology to make full use of this language has not yet been developed. However, such a language could place the company in a prominent position once the hardware catches up. * 7 Chinese Stocks to Buy for the 2019 Rebound Due in part to these advances, MSFT stock will not come cheap. Even on a forward basis, the P/E of 26.57 stands near S&P averages. Wall Street also expects average annual growth to reach 12.4%.Dividends, have not been as impressive as some of the other quantum computing stocks at just 1.61%. Still, they have increased every year since 2010. With a little patience, they could soon become a large part of the profits for MSFT stock.MSFT stock has served as a huge software innovator. With its development of Q, it will likely play a major role in quantum for years to come. Despite a higher P/E in recent years, quantum-driven profits for MSFT stock should grow well into the future.Source: Shutterstock Nokia (NOK)Most people think of Nokia (NYSE:NOK) as the former cellphone king swept aside by the smartphone. However, the company has since redefined itself, purchasing Alcatel-Lucent and reinventing itself as a telecom equipment provider in the 5G space.While 5G can bring it into the future, it will likely need quantum computing to continue its growth. It now owns Nokia Bell Labs, and this division recently discovered several materials that can act as superconductors. With the traditional silicon chips unable to perform quantum functions, these discoveries have become critical.NOK stock currently trades at around $6.22 per share. The stock trades well below the 2007 high attained when it dominated cellphones. Also, the dividend yields almost 3.59%. This dividend has bounced around over the years. Still, analysts expect average annual profit growth of about 16.8% for the next five years. Given that level of profit growth, any dividend cut becomes much less likely.NOK stock should perform well soon due to its 5G equipment. However, much of its reinvention will center around quantum computing, particularly in future years. If that comes to pass, NOK could become one of the best stocks in this field.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting.Compare Brokers The post 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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Not surprisingly, growth and income investors have gravitated to the stock given its compelling history. However, IBM will be unable to grow its dividend much more unless the company gets back on track. The company has a 10-year dividend growth rate of 13% annually, however this decelerated to the single digits over the past three years. Last year, IBM only offered a paltry 5% dividend hike.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe reason appears rather simple. IBM's revenues have been declining for years. In 2011, IBM's revenues peaked at $107 billion. In 2017, this number slipped under $80 billion, as part of IBM's disastrous 22 straight quarters of revenue declines. IBM managed to break that streak in 2018, and achieved essentially flat revenue results for the full year. Still, this is not a good place to be, as its revenues of $79 billion are the lowest in more than two decades. Even as far back as 1999, the company was producing nearly $90 billion in annual revenues. Once you think about inflation, and how revenues should rise over time simply due to increasing prices, things look even worse.IBM has continued to grow earnings not by improving its core business results, but, instead, through aggressive share repurchases. From the mid-1990s through 2018, IBM slashed its share count from 2.4 billion all the way to 900 million now. Through thick and thin, it kept buying back stock, allowing for steadily rising earnings even in the wake of lackluster operating results. But you can only get so far with this approach, the company's rapidly rising debt load is making it more and more problematic to keep borrowing money to buy stock. Increasing Dividend SkepticismBetween 1995 and the Great Financial Crisis, IBM stock never yielded more than 2%. Investors were willing to pay a premium for IBM stock's perceived safety and reliability. In 2014, the dividend yield moved consistently over 2%. In 2015, it topped 3% for the first time in two decades.2016 brought the dividend up to 4% at one point. Things stabilized there for awhile. In late 2018, however, IBM stock plunged, causing the dividend yield to spike to 5.8%. This showed investors had clearly lost faith that IBM's dividend can continue at its current rate going forward. In general, only mainstream companies with essentially no growth, like telecoms, trade with dividends around the 6% mark.IBM has done this before. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, IBM's dividend yield steadily crept up over the 5% mark as investors lost confidence in the company's direction. The yield kept spiking, eventually hitting 8%. In 1994, the inevitable happened, with IBM slashing its dividend. Fortunately, a management change and refocused business strategy got the company back on the right path. However, IBM very much risks another dividend cut if it can't get revenue growth going again -- and soon. Red Hat: Make Or Break AcquisitionIBM has been making numerous purchases in recent years to try to get out of its strategic rut. IBM purchased SoftLayer a few years ago, and it became the basis for much of the current IBM Cloud. However, that acquisition has been viewed as relatively unsuccessful compared to its potential.Analysts hold a concern that IBM simply can't attract and retain top engineering talent, compared to more successful firms. IBM isn't viewed as a top-tier employer like many of its rivals, nor are they able to dish out such juicy stock-based compensation to keep employees. It seems IBM needs to rework its corporate culture if it wants to remain relevant in coming years.As such, the massive Red Hat acquisition is a pivotal moment for IBM. The company forked over $33 billion for Red Hat -- that's a massive sum, along with being a more than 60% premium to its prevailing stock price at the time of the deal. This forced IBM to take on more debt, along with suspending the stock buyback.In return, IBM isn't getting all that much -- at least not initially. Red Hat adds just $3 billion in annual revenues to a company that already did $79 billion in yearly sales. That's not going to move the needle in 2019. IBM needs Red Hat to keep succeeding as a subsidiary of Big Blue. But it's unclear if Red Hat will be able to keep up its torrid growth rate if employees and clients defect from Red Hat at a high rate given the new owner. IBM's purchase is a bold move, but one that could dramatically backfire. IBM Stock VerdictIBM stock certainly looks cheap enough to be a solid bargain here. At under 10 times forward earnings and with that 5% dividend yield, this is squarely in the value camp, especially in comparison with other tech stocks.But it could well turn out to be a value trap. IBM has been relying on the share buyback to keep earnings growing and power the dividend hikes. Given the increased balance sheet risk from the Red Hat deal, IBM has had to stop the buyback. That removes the main lever IBM has had to keep shares up despite declining to flat revenues. * 7 Dividend Stocks to Buy Today IBM certainly looked better in 2018, with revenues finally stabilizing. But something needs to come through, be it the Red Hat acquisition, Watson, or its blockchain initiatives to get the company returning to organic growth again. If nothing pans out within the next couple of years, a dividend cut would become increasingly likely.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned IBM and KHC stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. 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