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August 20, 2014
13:42 EDTHPQ, AUTNFEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q3 earnings report
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is a diversified IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions to personal and corporate customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings of 89c per share on revenue of $27.01B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 86c-90c on revenue of $26.50B-$27.49B. In its second quarter earnings release, HP said it sees Q3 adjusted EPS 86c-90c and FY14 adjusted EPS $3.63-$3.75, both of which were in-line with expectations. LAST QUARTER: HP reported Q2 EPS of 88c against estimates for 88c on revenue of $27.3B against estimates for $27.4B. Personal Systems revenue was up 7% year-over-year with a 3.5% operating margin. Enterprise Group revenue for the quarter was down 2% year-over-year with a 14.4% operating margin. HP also reported Q2 cash flow from operations of $3.0B. COMPANY NEWS: On May 31, HP announced that it reached an agreement to settle shareholder derivative litigation arising from the acquisition of Autonomy (AUTNF). The company announced on July 15 that its interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, resigned from its board of directors to focus on his health. The next day, HP named CEO Meg Whitman chairman. The Justice Department announced on August 1 that HP agreed to pay $32.5M to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that HP overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products between October 2001 and December 2010. The U.S. alleged that under a contract between HP and the USPS, HP overcharged USPS by "failing to comply with pricing terms of the contract, including a requirement that HP provide prices that were no greater than those offered to HP customers with comparable contracts." STREET RESEARCH: After HP announced more layoffs, Wells Fargo noted on May 23 that HP said it was more confident in its growth outlook, and the firm thought the layoffs could reflect newly discovered cost cutting opportunities, rather than end market pressures. Wells continued to expect the company to grow in FY15 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. On June 12, Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on HP to Neutral from Sell saying the company's management executed a turnaround far more effectively than it anticipated. Goldman was more positive on HP's turnaround following the company's Discover event in Las Vegas and it raised its price target for shares to $32 from $25. Deutsche Bank said on July 8 that shares of HP were adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche noted HP's new product introductions were up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm viewed the stock as attractively valued and reiterated a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target. Monness Crespi upgraded HP from Buy to Neutral on August 18. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trading following HPs Q2 report on May 22, shares have risen approximately 8.5%. Over the past year, shares have increased over 33%. During late morning trading, shares of HP were down 32c, or 0.9%, to $35.16.
News For HPQ;AUTNF From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
15:01 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:32 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
The key feature on the daily chart is a potential, irregular, inverted bullish head and shoulders pattern. That pattern would not be valid without a breakout above $34. If the pattern triggers following bullish news, upside potential for the pattern would be to the $37 area. If the news is bearish, the pattern would fail to trigger. Downside potential might be a strong as upside, with first major support at the bottom of the head of the pattern at $31. Next support would then be at the $30 area.
14:10 EDTHPQHP May 34 straddle priced for 5.2% movement
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12:49 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:59 EDTHPQHP options active on selling 51% of China unit and into Q2
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08:11 EDTHPQHP to sell 51% of China unit for $2.3B
HP and Tsinghua Holdings jointly announced a partnership that will bring together Chinese enterprise technology assets of Hewlett-Packard and China's prestigious Tsinghua University to create the leading Chinese provider of technology infrastructure. Under the definitive agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, will purchase a 51% stake in a new business called H3C, comprising H3C Technologies and HP's China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, for approximately $2.3B, valuing the total business at $4.5B.
08:06 EDTHPQHP announces partnership with Tsinghua Holdings
HP and Tsinghua Holdings jointly announced a partnership that will bring together Chinese enterprise technology assets of Hewlett-Packard and China's prestigious Tsinghua University to create the leading Chinese provider of technology infrastructure. Under the definitive agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, will purchase a 51% stake in a new business called H3C, comprising H3C Technologies and HP's China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, for approximately $2.3B, valuing the total business at $4.5B. Combining these two entities, the new H3C will be a technology powerhouse in China with a market-leading portfolio that will be #1 in networking and a leader in servers, storage and technology services.
06:06 EDTHPQHP to sell stake in Chinese data-networking operation, WSJ reports
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May 20, 2015
08:45 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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May 19, 2015
12:55 EDTHPQPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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06:36 EDTHPQHP sued by MicroTech for $16.5M for 'unfairly taking advantage'
In a lawsuit filed Monday with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Virginia technology company MicroTech accuses Hewlett Packard and the software maker it now owns, Autonomy, of unfairly taking advantage by refusing to return $16.5M in cash paid to Autonomy for software never delivered in a fashion where it could be re-sold. During a national telephonic press conference, Lanny J. Davis, a Washington, D.C. attorney advising MicroTech, described the core allegation in the breach of contract case filed against HP: "Regardless of whether HP was defrauded by Autonomy, or whether HP's over-payment for Autonomy was a product of a possible due diligence failure, in my opinion, HP is not entitled to keep both MicroTech's money AND Autonomy's software that MicroTech duly purchased," Davis said.
06:24 EDTHPQHP to sell controlling stake in H3C unit to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports
HP will sell its 51% stake in H3C, its China-based computing unit, to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports, citing comments from a spokesperson for the Chinese private-equity fund's parent company. Terms have not been disclosed, but the spokesperson says he believes the deal will be completed in the coming days. Reference Link
May 18, 2015
14:15 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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May 15, 2015
11:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
May 14, 2015
09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
May 13, 2015
12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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May 11, 2015
07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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May 10, 2015
13:48 EDTHPQ3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
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