CNN's Jon Fortt talked to analysts who predict relatively stable ground for tech companies in the coming months. The reason? Many of them, notably IBM and HP, have overseas customers that should continue spending and offset any reduced income related to the stock market.
(HP, in an unrelated turn, announced yesterday that it was cutting almost 25,000 jobs as part of its Electronic Data Systems acquisition.)
The analysts say the true danger will come if the effects of the collapse reach Asia. That could start a chain reaction ending with a decrease in spending from the overseas customers who are currently keeping things moving. If that happens, the analysts suspect, we may start seeing trouble in the fourth quarter for some of America's biggest tech giants.
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