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August 20, 2014
13:42 EDTAUTNF, HPQEarnings 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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December 19, 2014
18:54 EDTHPQHP, Autonomy shareholder settlement rejected by Judge, Bloomberg says
This is the second time the settlement was rejected, Bloomberg added.
December 17, 2014
10:14 EDTHPQHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
06:20 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $46 from $40 at Citigroup
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December 15, 2014
11:31 EDTHPQHP, NYC Comptroller reach $10.6M settlement to resolve ECTP dispute
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10:05 EDTHPQHP participates in a conference call with Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer hosts Antonio Neri, Senior Vice President & General Manager-Enterprise Group, who discusses HP convergence, servers and networking on a conference call to be held on December 15 at 11 am.
December 12, 2014
07:12 EDTHPQHP reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $47.
December 10, 2014
08:25 EDTHPQHP capital return potential makes valuation attractive, says Brean Capital
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December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTHPQFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 7, 2014
15:53 EDTHPQHP shares could gain 15%, Barron's says
HP shares could gain 15% to $45.00 per share as the company splits its enterprise business from PCs and printer business, by next October, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link

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