Earnings Outlook: IBM earnings: Investors want to see how Watson holds on to AI, machine learning market

International Business Machines Corp.’s artificial intelligence product Watson appears to be losing ground to competitors, and investors will likely want to know how that’s affecting the tech giant’s cognitive-solutions business.

IBM IBM, +1.32% is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday. While cognitive solutions, which includes Watson, is expected to be IBM’s poorest performing segment in this earnings report, it occurs in a seasonally weak quarter for IBM.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect cognitive-solutions revenue to decline 2% to $4.31 billion from the year-ago quarter, and that appears to be happening while IBM is losing business to competitors like Amazon.com Inc.

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