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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.
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May 1, 2015
17:21 EDTHPQAruba Networks discloses clearances for proposed merger with Hewlett-Packard
In a regulatory filing, the company disclosed that on April 28, the Federal Cartel Office cleared the Merger under the Act against Restraints of Competition in Germany. On April 29, the Federal Competition Authority and the Federal Cartel Prosecutor cleared the Merger under the Austrian Cartel Act. These clearances satisfy two of the conditions to the closing of the pending Merger, which remains subject to other regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The Merger is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar year 2015.
April 27, 2015
11:21 EDTHPQOpco defends 3D Systems, while UBS, Piper Jaffray say sell
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07:13 EDTHPQUBM Tech to hold a conference
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April 24, 2015
18:23 EDTHPQHP awarded $469M government contract
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April 23, 2015
11:31 EDTHPQOptions with increasing implied volatility
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April 22, 2015
13:39 EDTHPQAnalyst warns competition growing in 3D printing space
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11:08 EDTHPQOptions with increasing implied volatility
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April 21, 2015
11:16 EDTHPQOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTHPQHP sells Snapfish to District Photo ahead of seperation
HP announced a definitive agreement to divest Snapfish, its photo storage and merchandising business. District Photo will acquire the Snapfish business, including technology assets and employees. After the transaction closes, HP will maintain a partnership with Snapfish. Snapfish will continue to use HP printing solutions, and HP will provide the HP Connected Photo application developed by Snapfish on HP consumer PCs, including the Sprout computing platform, the company said. HP expects the transaction to close in the second half of FY15. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It added, "The divestiture is consistent with HPs strategy to focus the organization following HPs previously announced separation."
08:04 EDTHPQHP, FireEye announce partnership
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05:56 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; CNX HPQ
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