Marc FerrantiExecutive News Editor, IDG News Service

Marc Ferranti is executive news editor of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Tech M&A could surge amid rise in markets

Just this week, a number of announced and rumored deals involving big-name tech companies like Intel, BMC, Microsoft and Facebook highlighted what could be a spring awakening for mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector.

Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks jump as market indexes hit milestones

On the back end of an earnings season that by many accounts could have been worse, tech investors appeared to be in the mood to celebrate on Friday, sending shares of IT companies higher as key stock-market indexes hit milestone highs.

Wall Street Beat: Earnings highlight smartphones as key to growth

With Apple reporting a decline in profit margins and Samsung consolidating its leadership in the mobile device market, earnings results and market research reports this week point to the ever-increasing importance of smartphones as key to growth in tech.

Wall Street Beat: Tech bellwethers report mixed quarter

Some of the biggest names in IT including IBM, Microsoft, Google and Intel reported quarterly earnings this week, revealing a picture of the tech sector that, while not as gloomy as had been feared, is nevertheless mixed.

Wall Street Beat: Weak PC sales rain on tech stocks' parade

Just as tech stocks were starting to rise this week, dismal PC sales reports for the first quarter burst the very short-lived bubble, causing shares of IT companies to fall back to earth Thursday.

Wall Street Beat: Tech IPO market cools but some vendors jump in anyway

Though the tech IPO market has gone from a boil to a simmer, some companies in areas such as big data and cloud-related technology are plunging in.

Smartphones spark tech sales, while Windows 8 struggles

Vendor earnings, market research reports and the International CES in Las Vegas this week highlighted the hardware arena, which appears to be a tale of two sectors with very different fates: PCs and mobile devices.

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Tech spending expected to escape the recent doldrums

As the economy improves and at least some of the concerns about the so-called U.S. "fiscal cliff" are resolved, desire for new mobile, analytics, and storage technology will drive IT spending this year, according to market researchers and economists.

Syrian Internet appears to be largely restored

After a two-day outage, Internet access in war-torn Syria appears to be for the most part restored on Saturday, according to reports from several sources.

Wall Street Roundup: Mixed earnings prove tough quarter

Some of the biggest names in tech reported quarterly earnings last week, and the resulting picture is not pretty. The main culprit for the weak earnings reported this week is a slump in the PC market, but uncertainty about the global economy is weighing down almost all sectors of tech.

Hardware, chips picture looks bleak on Wall Street

Though tech stocks on the Nasdaq are up about 16 percent for the year, they were up about 25 percent for the year about a month ago.

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Tech shares up for Q3, but face uncertainty

Though market analysts have cut forecasts for global IT spending this year, they still expect overall increases.

Technology firms look stable as earnings season begins

Reports from software makers have helped keep up investor confidence in tech stocks despite continued uncertainty in the economy.

Wall Street Beat: US Fed efforts, IPhone excitement fuel tech stock rally

Tech stocks rallied Friday as markets rode a wave of euphoria over the U.S. Federal Reserve's commitment to buy bonds to boost the economy and as excitement over...

Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks hit multiyear highs, though some retreat

The tech-heavy Nasdaq retreated a bit Friday after a rally Thursday in which the exchange touched its highest point since 2000, after the dot-com bubble burst...