Investors Worry Dell's Road to Recovery is Too Rocky

Quarterly earnings announcement prompts big Wall Street selloff
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Nov 30, 2007 11:50 AM CST
In this photo made available by Dell Inc. - Michael Dell discusses Dell Inc.%u2019s new line of Vostro products and services with small business customers in New York. [Dell Inc./Clark Jones]   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Computer-maker Dell’s rollercoaster ride isn’t over and it’s left investors woozy. Despite increasing net income 27% in third quarter earnings released yesterday, Dell shares slipped nearly 10% in after hours trading, giving back nearly everything the stock gained leading up to the report and underlining CEO Michael Dell’s statement: “There’s more work to be done,” reports the Austin American-Statesman.

Call it a crisis of confidence. Coming on the heels of the SEC accounting investigation, investors are unsure whether Dell, which reported earnings just a penny off expectations, can cut spending enough and halt its sliding market share in time to remain relevant. And investors aren’t sure whether the plan is moving fast enough. Dell's stock has dropped further today, down nearly 14% in morning trading. (Read more Dell Inc stories.)