IBM sunny about 2009 despite dreary forecasts (AP)

The Armonk headquarter of IBM is seen in this photo, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in New York. IBM Corp. is forecasting significantly higher profits for 2009 than Wall Street expected, a sign that the company's focus on high-margin services and software contracts is paying off even while overall sales are slumping.  (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)AP – In what promises to be a dismal year for tech spending, IBM Corp. packed a wallop of a surprise with its 2009 profit guidance: the numbers were so far ahead of Wall Street’s forecast they were initially met with disbelief.

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