Quantum Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of backup and tape storage specialist Quantum (NYS: QTM) jumped as high as 14.7% in intraday trading today on moderate volume.

So what: The company didn't have any specific good news today, but Quantum shares have suffered more than any other storage investment during this brutal year and the downright uncivilized rout of the last month. This stock was due for a personal little relief rally on the slightest hint of good news -- such as Cisco Systems (NAS: CSCO) talking up a return to normal enterprise IT spending.

Now what: That being said, it's easy to see why investors are nervous about Quantum shares. Skimming dangerously close to breaking even, the stock trades at 212 times trailing earnings while rivals EMC (NYS: EMC) and NetApp (NAS: NTAP) sit in the low 20s. But in terms of forward projections, Quantum's 10.6 multiple is closer to Hewlett-Packard (NYS: HPQ) and its massive-volume business model. If there's any life at all left in worldwide IT budgets -- and I think we have to assume so -- all of these stocks look like tremendous values right now.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributorAnders Bylundholds no position in any of the companies discussed here. The Motley Fool owns shares of EMC. The Fool owns shares of and has created a bull call spread position on Cisco Systems.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Cisco Systems. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool isinvestors writing for investors.

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