Apple Becomes Top PC Producer Worldwide in Q4

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Marketing research firm Canalys says Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was the top PC vendor worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2011 by shipping 15 million iPads and 5 million Macs, which was 17% of the 120 million PCs shipped during the three months. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) came in second with 12.7% of PC market share. Apple and Lenovo were the only brands in the top five to grow their market share while HP, Acer, and Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) all saw declines. Excluding tablets, Canalys says the PC market overall saw a 0.4% decline.

CNET quoted Canalys CEO Steve Brazier who said, “We’re going through the biggest shift the PC industry has seen in 20 years. It’s very difficult to grow in the classic PC market when all of the growth is coming from iPads.” He continued by saying that the once popular Netbook (compact 10″ computers that run Windows) have now been decimated by the iPad. “And that’s a big problem for HP.”

CNET also quoted Canalys analyst Michael Kauh who commented on the future of ultrabooks. In a statement Kauh said, “We expect ultrabook volumes to see limited adoption through the first half of 2012, before finally gaining momentum later in the year as price points decline and Intel launches a new line of processors and embarks on an aggressive marketing campaign. Canalys said another unexpected surprise in the industry may be the emergence of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) as a PC leader. Brooke Crothers of CNET says that may already be happening as Amazon shipped 5 million Kindle Fires in the fourth quarter, which when combined with other Kindle devices certainly poses a threat.

Here’s how these stocks recently traded:

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $456.48,. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $458.24. Volume today was 35,131 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 12,748,300 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 12.99, while trailing earnings are $35.14 per share.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ): HPQ shares recently traded at $27.98,. They have traded in a 52-week range of $21.50 to $49.39. Volume today was 0 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 17,399,500 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 8.43, while trailing earnings are $3.32 per share.

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL): DELL shares recently traded at $17.23,. They have traded in a 52-week range of $13.29 to $17.60. Volume today was 6,000 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 17,965,300 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 8.87, while trailing earnings are $1.94 per share.

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN): AMZN shares recently traded at $194.44,. They have traded in a 52-week range of $160.59 to $246.71. Volume today was 58,015 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,010,420 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 102.50, while trailing earnings are $1.90 per share.

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