updated 01:15 pm EST, Wed November 4, 2009
Microsoft finishes last despite Windows 7
Apple stock is said to have led the pack in Piqqem's October sentiment ratings, again excelling over Microsoft, which came in last amongst a group of six major technology companies. Apple achieved a score of 3.11, considered high in a scale of 0 to 4. Google was second with 2.88, while Intel ranked third at 2.70. Below the top three were Cisco (2.69), Amazon (2.53) and HP (2.53), followed by Microsoft at 2.27.
Apple's sentiment also represents a positive change, a growth of 3.2 percent for the month. It does however trail Google's 3.94 percent jump, and Amazon's 3.71 percent. Cisco and Intel are unchanged; HP is off 0.5 percent, and Microsoft has dropped by a significant 2.89 percent, despite the introduction of Windows 7. For the quarter, the tech group has lagged behind the S&P 500, which is up 2 percent versus 1. Apple stock is presently up $4 in Wednesday trading.