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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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August 20, 2015
16:14 EDTHPQHP provides Q3 segment results
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16:09 EDTHPQHP narrows FY15 EPS view to $3.59-$3.65 from $3.53-$3.73, consensus $3.64
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16:06 EDTHPQHP sees Q4 EPS 92c-98c, consensus $1.00
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 EPS 88c, consensus 85c
Reports Q3 revenue $25.3B, consensus $25.44B.
14:42 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:39 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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14:12 EDTHPQHP technical comments before earnings
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13:32 EDTHPQHP August 27.5 straddle priced for 7.8% movement into Q3
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09:36 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTHPQHP August volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
HP August call option implied volatility is at 95, September is at 43, January is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 37 , suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today after the market close.
August 19, 2015
13:23 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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07:02 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Hewlett-Packard August call option implied volatility is at 86, September is at 38, January is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 37 , suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on August 20.
05:57 EDTHPQ HP implied volatility of 37 at upper end of index
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August 17, 2015
09:14 EDTHPQHP Q3 results have modest expectations at UBS
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07:56 EDTHPQHP Q3 results have modest expectations at UBS
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06:52 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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August 14, 2015
06:28 EDTHPQSamsung makes enterprise push with new phones, improved security, WSJ says
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05:58 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; JCP HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; J.C. Penney (JCP) 68, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 38 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2015
11:30 EDTHPQStocks with call strike movement; M HPQ
Macy's (M) November 72.50 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 27, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) January 34 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 32 according to IVolatility.
07:19 EDTHPQHP Q3 revenue could miss Street by 4%, says Citi
Citi analyst Jim Suva says weakness in PCs, and to a lesser extent printing, may led to HP reporting Q3 revenue on August 20 that misses consensus expectations by up to 4%. However, with the stock underperforming the market by more than 10% since HP reported in late May, a miss is largely priced in, Suva tells investors in a research note. He lowered his estimates for FY15 but reiterates a Buy rating on HP. The analyst continues to view the stock's risk/reward as compelling into the company's break-up.
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