Nadat kort geleden Intel en Apple door een winstwaarschuwing hun aandelen zagen kelderen, is Dell nu aan de beurt. De inkomsten in de vierde kwartaal zullen volgens CNN 'maar' met 7 procent stijgen, in plaats van de door analysten eerder verwachtte 10 procent. De reden hiervoor is de al door Intel genoemde momentele slechte afzetmarkt in Europa. Als gevolg van dit negatieve bericht daalde het aandeel met ruim 11 procent:
In a meeting with financial analysts Dell's chief financial officer, James Schneider, said that European sales, which were weak in the fiscal second quarter ended July 28, remained soft in the first two months of the fiscal third quarter. The weakness in Europe is affecting the entire computer industry and is not unique to Dell, he said.
[...] Based on trends from the first two months of the fiscal third quarter, revenue growth is about three percentage points below the company's previous expectation, Schneider said. That means Dell now expects revenue of $32 billion for the entire fiscal year, a 27 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. Revenue should grow 7 percent sequentially in both the third and the fourth quarters, the CFO said.
[...] Dell's stock declined $3.18 to $25 in after-hours trading. About 1.2 million Dell shares changed hands in just eight minutes of trading after the close, according to Instinet. The stock of Dell's major competitor, Compaq, declined $1.83 to $27.01 in after-hours trading.