) to strong buy from buy and raised estimates.
Analyst Mark D'Annolfo says the upgrade is based on strength in IT, the business process outsourcing market, strong results, contract signings and solid visibility. He thinks the IT outsourcing market is in solid shape, based upon both EDS' numbers ("base" business is up 20%) and IBM Global Services. He notes contract signings is up 67% to $75 billion.
D'Annolfo says the newer management team has turned the company once again into a growth story. He raised the $2.64 2001 EPS to $2.65, and sees $3.02 EPS for 2002. He has a $76 target.