PMI points to contraction rather than recovery in eurozone.
Despite signs of slowing, analysts seem to assume earnings can go up forever.
The software company's planned IPO of one of its units and speculation about new suitors attract new investors.
But the two companies face many of the same challenges, and HP's missteps have left it with some all of its own.
With a light economic calendar Wednesday, earnings are in focus.
After weeks of rumors and speculation, Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners are acquiring the company.
While some big-name players in IT and gadgets have underperformed in recent months, not all of them are in trouble.
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