International Business Machines (IBM)’s Latest Stock Catalyst: Blockchain

Investors are losing hope on IBM (NYSE: IBM ). The stock is down over 12% year to date. The company’s Cloud products are showing almost no growth because a tough competition put forward by giants like Microsoft and . But analysts think that blockchain might be the growth catalyst IBM was looking for. IBM is currently a leading player in the blockchain market. IBM Ventures is ready to invest millions in several blockchain startups to increase its exposure to the blockchain market, which is expected to have a market worth of about $8 billion by 2024.

In August, IBM annoucned deals with Nestle , Unilever and Wal-Mart Stores to solve food supply and contamination problems using blockchain technology. Juniper Networks Research’s latest report says that IBM is well-positioned in the blockchain industry, as compared to Microsoft .

Over the current book year the total revenue will be 77,83 billion USD (consensus estimates). This is slightly lower than 2016's revenue of 79,92 billion USD.

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The analysts expect for 2017 a net profit of 12,9 billion USD. For this year most of the analysts expect a profit per share of 13,77 USD. Based on this the price/earnings-ratio is 10,54.

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Per share the analysts expect a dividend of 5,87 USD per share. Thus the dividend yield equals 4,05 percent. The average dividend yield of the hardware & equipment companies equals a low 0,63 percent.

Recent target prices around 150 USD

The most recent recommendations for the hardware & equipment company are from JP Morgan, UBS and KBC Securities.

IBM 's market capitalization is around 140,11 billion USD.

At 16.57 the stock trades 0,95 percent higher at 145,08 USD.

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