Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Seeking Alpha: EMC Not Exactly Making Its Case

Several large tech players, including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), have gone through multi-year stretches where their shares underperformed due to persistent concerns about their long-term competitiveness and growth potential. To varying extents these companies have changed the tone around their businesses, but it doesn't automatically follow that EMC (NYSE:EMC) will be able to go that same route. While EMC has managed to do a credible job of keeping itself relevant within its core storage market, there are persistent concerns about whether that market is truly valuable anyway and whether EMC can reposition itself for future growth.

I'm increasingly on the "cautious yes" side of that question. EMC has historically done a good job of buying the pieces it needs to remain at the top of the market, as well as identifying assets like VMware (NYSE:VMW) and RSA that can grow the business. Expectations are not particularly demanding today, but then EMC's performance doesn't call for aggressive projections and there are increasing risks (in my view, at least) that the company will respond to the pressure its under with a larger acquisition.

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EMC Not Exactly Making Its Case

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