Tech, Channel Stocks Hammered on Wall Street

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Bears continued their rampage on Wall Street last week with tech and channel stocks giving up huge points as the U.S. and global economy continue to slip into the worst recession in decades.

The bears of Wall Street aren’t being kind to publicly traded technology vendors and solution providers. As the markets continued their downward spiral that ended in one of the worst weeks of trading in Wall Street history, technology stocks were hammered as investors anticipated decreasing demand for hardware and software by enterprisers and SMB consumers.


Week over week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is off 5.3 percent – or 473 points – as investors went on a rollercoaster ride. At the beginning of the week, the DJIA recaptured lost ground from the week before and hit a high above 9,200. The Dow and other indexes slid back into the red as fears of the global recession that will curtail enterprise and consumer spending prompted investors to continue pulling money out of the volatile markets.


The technology sector is being dragged down by concerns that consumers won’t spend on expensive electronics in the coming holiday season. Enterprises—particularly financial services and manufacturing—are cutting back drastically on new IT spending. And American Express warned that small businesses will soon start feeling the pinch of the credit crunch.


Overall, only three of the 50 publicly traded technology vendors—Citrix Systems, EMC and VMware—monitored by Channel Insider ended this week in positive territory. All 40 publicly traded solution providers on the Channel Insider watch list fell into the red.


The following are top publicly traded technology vendors and solution providers. The stock quotes are closing prices for Friday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 24. The difference is the week-over-week stock price shift.



Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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