Dell Stock Plunges After Computer Maker Warns Of Weakening Demand

Computer hardware giant Dell Technologies (DELL) plunged Friday after it delivered mixed results for its fiscal second quarter, and warned of slowing demand for PCs, servers and other enterprise gear. Dell stock dropped by double digits. The Round Rock, Texas-based company said late Thursday that it earned an adjusted $1.68 a share on sales of $26.4 billion in the quarter ended July 29. Analysts polled by FactSet expected Dell earnings of $1.64 a share on sales of $26.5 billion. On a year-over-year basis, Dell's earnings rose 14% while sales increased 9%.

"In Q2, we executed well and delivered strong financial results despite a rapidly changing and challenging macro environment," Co-Chief Operating Officer Jeff Clarke said in a written statement. Demand for PCs and infrastructure solutions has slowed since late May, Clarke said. Infrastructure gear includes servers, storage and networking. "The Q2 and second half macro dynamics have become more challenging as customers are taking a more cautious view of their needs given the uncertainty," Clarke said.

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