Apple & IBM Walking Arm in Arm to Where?

Don’t be so quick to believe the deal between these tech giants will lead to riches. If history is any indicator, this move is a move of desperation.

As originally published at Money Morning
These Industry Powers Have Never Been More Scared
By KEITH FITZ-GERALD, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Morning

Many investors are holding their breath even as they hold out plenty of hope looking at the recently announced deal between Apple and IBM.

The upside, many say, is unlimited because it’s such a brilliant move.

Hardly.

In fact, the deal reeks of desperation and unprecedented weakness.

We’ve seen this playbook before…

We’ve Seen These Mergers Before

Today’s computer market has some similarities to yesterday’s airline industry. With relentless competition and enormous downward price pressures, the only way to survive was to team up with rivals to improve economies of scale and broaden product outlets (In the case of airlines, acquiring flight routes and gates).

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        Keith on Varney & Co: Gold, Oil and Alibaba

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            Keith on CNBC’s Closing Bell: Fed and the Market

            The market is in record territory. Bill Griffeth wanted me to expand on my previous and ongoing belief that the market is headed even higher.

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