Putting IBM’s $25 Billion Stock Price Crash In Perspective

IBM is an icon of the technology industry. Or at least it was.

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IBM once stood alongside Microsoft and Intel as icons at the forefront of the technology industry. But now, it’s on its way to making history — and not in the good way.

The technology company is sent to end 2014 as the worst performing stock among the 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And this would be the second consecutive year the company finished last among the blue chip stocks of the Dow — an achievement that, according to the Wall Street Journal, was last pulled off by Bethlehem Steel in 1995 and 1996.

For those paying attention to the technology industry, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise: IBM has long been playing a desperate game of catch-up. In 2014 alone, IBM lost more than $25 billion in value, despite IBM’s aggressive share buyback programs, which typically raises the value of outstanding shares.

Just how bad is that decline? Let’s put it in perspective:

In the same year IBM lost $25 billion in value, Facebook’s valuation rose by about $68.7 billion.

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Since going public in 2012, Facebook has quickly found its footing as a mobile advertising company, creating several lucrative lines of business. It also recently launched Atlas, a new flagship advertising product, that should expand its advertising footprint even further. Already, Facebook has surpassed many of the old guard technology companies and is well on its way to being among the highest-valued technology companies in the world.

At the end of 2014, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is worth more than $262 billion.

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A e-commerce service that is dominant in China, Alibaba went public in the United States in one of the largest initial public offerings ever. By the end of the year, Alibaba was worth well more than IBM — and even Amazon, the dominant e-commerce service in the United States.

Yahoo continued to become more valuable, but mainly because of Alibaba.

The Associated Press

Despite new CEO Marissa Mayer’s efforts to turn the company’s advertising business around, that hasn’t happened yet. Still, Yahoo is worth $11 billion more than it was at the beginning of the year, but that’s mostly thanks to the success of Alibaba, of which Yahoo owns a 16.3% stake.

Apple’s valuation rose by almost $200 billion in 2014.

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Apple’s business continues to roll, with major launches of a new iPhone and a suite of new iPads earlier this year. The company also, ironically, signed a deal with IBM that would help it increase its footprint in large corporations, and also unveiled a smart watch that is supposed to come out sometime in 2015 — creating a brand new product line for the company.

In a little more than a year, one of the hottest new phone manufacturers has rocketed to a $46 billion valuation.

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Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that many industry observers compare to Apple, was worth $10 billion in August last year. This month, it closed a round of funding that valued the company at $46 billion, a jump in value well beyond the decline of IBM’s market capitalization.

This year, Uber went from a $10 billion company to a $40 billion company.

Quickly rising to one of the most valuable startups in the world, Uber earlier this month confirmed a $40 billion valuation, up from a reported $10 billion valuation earlier this year. Uber, like Xiaomi and other highly-valued startups, has built a lucrative business out of its service, which allows users to hail a car through an app.

Even Microsoft, with a new CEO in charge, increased in value by $81 billion.

Jason Redmond / Reuters

Earlier this year, after years of tepid growth in the company’s value, Microsoft named Satya Nadella as CEO. The stock promptly spiked, and since Nadella took over, the company has released its Office tools on mobile devices including the iPad. In the past year, Microsoft has accrued more than $81 billion in value.

And Google, which had a rough year, is still doing better than IBM

The Associated Press

Google’s valuation dropped by $14 billion in 2014, as its advertising business continued to face challenges as the advertising market switches to mobile. CEO Larry Page has re-organized the company in an effort to spur innovation and build new product lines like self-driving cars and Android phones.

Amazon took a $41 Billion hit to its valuation.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has always shown a relaxed attitude toward turning a profit, and this year his stock was punished for it. Still, the company is investing in new businesses like tablets and streaming services, and Bezos appears to have no interest in slowing that down.

Meanwhile, Snapchat’s value has tripled.

The Associated Press

Earlier this year, the company was valued at $2 billion. However, the company that rejected an offer from Facebook for more than $3 billion, is reportedly raising a funding round that values the ephemeral photo-sharing service at $10 billion.

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You won’t believe this SC pub’s sneering sign slamming gun owners [pics]


Idiots is perhaps putting it too kindly. Check out the sign from Backstreets Pub & Grill in Clemson, S.C., as reported by Fox Carolina anchor Cody Alcorn.




“Message” heard loud and clear. The backlash was swift and righteous.


Man up? Ha! The pub has already deleted its Facebook page after well-deserved backlash.


Of course, fellow gun-grabbers loved it.


We love how they included the douchebaggery-filled Facebook post as if it were something deserving of praise.

Yelp users also gave the bar the business.



Backstreets’ Facebook page is gone, but Google’s cached copy is here.

Here are some screenshots of the doubling and tripling down of jackassery.


And this:


“Mouth breathing morons.” Huh. Guess what, buddy. We aren’t “moronic” enough to frequent your establishment.

A pub in Clemson SC posted this sign, a note to all #2A supporters.
"We the People" are happy to go elsewhere.
@NRA http://t.co/Ax8ie8Z5Jg— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) March 18, 2014

Ding, ding, ding!

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Rep. Mark Sanford calls off engagement in epic Facebook post

Better yet keep personal, personal, divorce is ugly @AliABCNews: Pro tip for Mark Sanford: Write drunk, edit sober. https://t.co/vqHMDJbJEY

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) September 12, 2014

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) announced that he has broken off his engagement with Maria Belen Chapur in a very lengthy Facebook post issued Friday. Did we mention it was a lengthy announcement?

Wow, I think that Mark Sanford Facebook post is longer than the Appalachian Trail.

— DANNI CRANE (@DCPlod) September 12, 2014

That Mark Sanford Facebook post? Comes in at 2,346 words.

— Cyra Master (@cyram) September 12, 2014

#longreads RT @elisefoley: That Mark Sanford Facebook post is 2,348 words.

— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) September 12, 2014

Shortly before posting 2,346 Facebook tirade against his ex-wife, Mark Sanford filed motion to put her under gag order, her atty tells me.

— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) September 12, 2014

Mark Sanford's press secretary (if he has one) must be going ballistic http://t.co/oNxLgqB7HY

— Shira T. Center (@shiracenter) September 12, 2014

I now know more of Mark Sanford's business than I know about my own.

— tressie mc (@tressiemcphd) September 12, 2014

This type of thing is why I have a personal rule not to post on Facebook after 10:00 pm. Former South Carolina… http://t.co/iAc7Qu4dtA

— Michael J. Evans (@EvansMichaelJ) September 12, 2014

I'll give $5 to the person who can do the best Photoshop of me pulling Mark Sanford away from Facebook.

— Joel Sawyer (@joeldavidsawyer) September 12, 2014

Mark Sanford's epic Facebook post clocks in at 2,347 words. But why were we denied a press conference?! https://t.co/JZPy9Wq9y9

— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) September 12, 2014

Wow, @MarkSanford pens LONG note on FB RE: most recent lawsuit from ex-wife, says he's ending engagement w/ Belen: https://t.co/5MJePOJE6K

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) September 12, 2014

Rep Mark Sanford barfs his heart out on Facebook. (He broke up with Appalachian Trail lady, btw) https://t.co/KiaspwU1SW

— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) September 12, 2014

Say what you will about Mark Sanford, but the guy knows how to emote.

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) September 12, 2014

Here’s a very small excerpt:

My question now though is how to respond given I am being summoned to the court room again on Monday. I have prayed on it, thought on it and asked the advice of friends.

Here is where I have settled:

I cannot do this anymore. In all life there comes a point wherein lines must be drawn in the way that we attempt to respond in ways that don’t invite more in the way of conflict and add more in the way of modeling Christ’s humility in giving in every instance. I’ll never get that mix right, none of us do, but I believe it’s what we are to pursue in all of our responses to the inevitable reality of conflict in our lives.

So here are a few thoughts that hit me:

One, in as much as you sign my paycheck and you have elected me to represent you in Washington, I think I owe you my thinking on this personal, but now public matter. More than at any time in my life, I believe I am subject to not just the laws of God, but the authority of my fellow man.

I feel sorry for Mark Sanford, for Jenny Sanford and for their sons. an awfully sad situation.

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 12, 2014

Mark Sanford has done a lot that’s hard to defend. None of it I’ve seen warrants keeping him from his children.

— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) September 12, 2014

Oh, and after all this time, I still don't feel sorry for Mark Sanford. Adultery has consequences, and they don't go away quickly.

— Brittany Cover (@bccover) September 12, 2014

Mark Sanford broke up with his girlfriend & wrote a 2300-word Facebook rant. Definitely still electable – for jr. high student council.

— CC:Indecision (@indecision) September 12, 2014


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