IT Management Slideshow: 10 Tech Giants: How Financially Sound Are They?By Don Reisinger | Posted 03-30-2012
Stock price: $601.10Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $98 billionMarket Cap: $560.45 billionNote: What more can be said about Apple's incredible financial performance? The company is delivering the most sought-after devices in the world and consumers are lining up to buy them.
Stock price: $32.20Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $51.7 billionMarket Cap: $270.18 billionNote: There's no debating Microsoft's immense staying power and its unique ability to be successful even when it's heavily tested by competitors.
Stock price: $633.98Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $44.6 billionMarket Cap: $206.13 billionNote: Google is the world's largest search engine, it has the world's top mobile operating system, and it stands to play to a crucial role in several other markets.
Stock price: $205.72Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $11.9 billionMarket Cap: $236.36 billionNote: IBM has a new chief executive in Virginia Rometty, who plans to change very little at the company in the coming years. And why should she? IBM continues to churn out profits.
Stock price: $24.34Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $8.1 billionMarket Cap: $48.13 billionNote: Despite turmoil in the executive suite and uncertainty around its mobile division, HP is holding strong, generating nearly $1.5 billion in profit during its last-reported quarter.
Stock price: $17.37Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $14.8 billionMarket Cap: $30.61 billionNote: There's no question Dell will be around for many years to come, especially as it continues to diversify its offerings. How it - and other PC vendors -- will fare as Apple continues to put pressure on that sector remains to be seen.
Stock price: $20.14Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $46.47 billionMarket Cap: $108.47 billionNote: Cisco was in trouble last year, due mainly to its focus on consumer products. A shift in strategy has left the company is in much better shape than it was a year ago.
Stock price: $29.76Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $31 billionMarket Cap: $149.57 billionNote: Oracle is another one of those companies that simply understands what it needs to do to be successful. And its multi-billion dollar profits each quarter prove that quite convincingly. However, be sure to keep an eye on the company when it faces off with Google over Android patents later this year.
Stock price: $29.00Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $6.3 billionMarket Cap: $59.54 billionNote: It's hard to find much fault with EMC. The company is delivering products enterprise users want and it continues to increase revenue. Plus, it's posting billions of dollars in profit each year.
Stock price: $21.65Cash and short-term investments on-hand: $16.8 billionMarket Cap: $21.7 billionNote: Sony has watched financial performance slip over the years as consumers find less value in its televisions and mobile products. However, its recent acquisition of Sony Ericsson could be important going forward.