Apple – (AAPL), Snapshot, Chart, YTD – 6.1%

Via AOL Money & Finance – Apple’s sales and profits were $32.5 billion and $4.8 billion in the last 12 months. But its stock is down 52% from its December 2007 high. So it needs an exciting new product to boost sales. The Super iPhone — rumored to have perhaps a 5″ to 8″ 4:3 screen with dimples on the screen itself so users can feel the buttons — could help that. With concerns about Steve Jobs’ health persisting, Apple needs to keep blockbuster products flowing. UpdateApple Earnings – 1/21

 

Microsoft – (MSFT), Snapshot, Chart, YTD – 0.4%

Via AOL Money & Finance – Microsoft’s sales and profits were $61.7 billion and $17.8 billion in the last 12 months — but its stock is down 40% during that time. Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, which received poor reviews when it came out two years ago, could help that, especially since Microsoft just released a test version to consumers. But in a slumping economy, Windows 7 will have to be an awful lot better than Windows XP to get enough people to switch to the new system. UpdateMicrosoft Earnings – 1/22

 

 Dell – (DELL), Snapshot, Chart, YTD – 8.6%

Via AOL Money & Finance – Dell’s sales and profits were $63.7 billion and $2.8 billion in the past 12 months during which time its stock has fallen 47%. So it needs at least one — if not many exciting new products — to boost sales. The Inspiron Mini 9 mini-notebook– Dell’s entry into the rapidly growing netbook category of handheld computers with 9″ or 10″ displays priced between $350 and $700 — could help that.

 

Palm – (PALM), Snapshot, Chart, YTD – 94.1%

Via AOL Money & Finance – Palm’s sales and net loss were $1.2 billion and $651 million in the last 12 months and its stock is down 40% during that time. Palm desperately needs a new product to revive its business and its stock price. The Pre — a rival smart phone that will be sold through SprintNextel Corp — should hit the market by June 2009. Palm shares rose 35% — the most since 2004 — on enthusiasm for the product. If Palm’s sales follow the surge in its stock price, it may be able to survive even longer.