IBM shares gain for an eighth session in a row on Thursday, about a third of company’s Global Technology Services staff to be reassigned

January 12, 2018 10:52 am

According to a Thursday report by technology website The Register, citing unidentified company insiders, about 30% of IBM’s 103 000 employees at its Global Technology Services unit are expected to be reassigned this year. Meanwhile, consultant Bain & Co has been appointed to help review the tech company’s unit.

IBM shares closed higher for an eighth consecutive trading session on Thursday. The stock inched up 0.01% ($0.02) to $164.20, after touching an intraday high at $164.85, or a price level not seen since April 18th 2017 ($171.69).

In the week ended on January 7th the shares of the tech giant added 5.91% to their market value compared to a week ago, which marked a second consecutive period of gains. It has also been the strongest performance since the week ended on October 22nd.

The stock has extended its advance to 7.03% so far during the current month, following a 0.36% dip in December. The latter has been a second straight month of losses.

For the entire past year, the shares of the NYSE-listed tech company retreated 7.57% following a 20.61% surge in 2016.

A slide published by The Register revealed that 10 100 jobs were classified as “attrition w/o backfill”. According to the same media, the slide was part of an internal document by IBM.

Current-year reassignments are to affect 10 900 staff located in the United States and another 20 000 employees worldwide in IBM’s Client Innovation Centres, the tech website reported.

“Many consultants recommend things to IBM, many of which remain merely recommendations”, IBM said in a statement, cited by Reuters.

According to CNN Money, the 21 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding IBM’s stock price, have a median target of $165.00, with a high estimate of $200.00 and a low estimate of $125.00. The median estimate is a 0.49% surge compared to the closing price of $164.20 on January 11th.

The same media also reported that 15 out of 27 surveyed investment analysts had rated IBM’s stock as “Hold”, while 8 – as “Buy”. On the other hand, 3 analysts had recommended selling the stock.

Daily and Weekly Pivot Levels

With the help of the Camarilla calculation method, today’s levels of importance for the IBM stock are presented as follows:

R1 – $164.34
R2 – $164.48
R3 (Range Resistance – Sell) – $164.62
R4 (Long Breakout) – $165.04
R5 (Breakout Target 1) – $165.53
R6 (Breakout Target 2) – $165.74

S1 – $164.06
S2 – $163.92
S3 (Range Support – Buy) – $163.78
S4 (Short Breakout) – $163.36
S5 (Breakout Target 1) – $162.87
S6 (Breakout Target 2) – $162.66

By using the traditional method of calculation, the weekly levels of importance for International Business Machines (IBM) are presented as follows:

Central Pivot Point – $159.64
R1 – $165.75
R2 – $169.00
R3 – $175.11
R4 – $181.21

S1 – $156.39
S2 – $150.28
S3 – $147.03
S4 – $143.77

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