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May 22, 2014
11:56 EDTHPQ, NTAPEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q2 earnings report
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, May 22, 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 88c per share on revenue of $27.41B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-91c on revenue of $26.94B-$28.17B. In its Q1 earnings release, HP said it sees Q2 adjusted EPS 85c-89c and FY14 adjusted EPS $3.60-$3.75, both of which were in-line with expectations. LAST QUARTER: HP reported Q1 EPS of 90c against estimates for 84c on revenue of $28.2B against estimates for $27.19B. HP reported personal systems revenue rose 4% during the quarter against the prior year, while enterprise Group revenue rose 1% over the prior year. HP also reported $3B in cash flow from operations in the first quarter and exited the quarter with $16.4B in gross cash. COMPANY NEWS: HP raised its quarterly dividend by 10.2% to 16c per share on March 20. The company said that the increase in the dividend would be effective when the company's board declares HP's next dividend, which was expected to occur in May. The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Manpower Data Center awarded a five-year task order worth up to $548M to HP Enterprise on March 5. On April 9, HP announced a resolution of a U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. SEC investigation of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. HP said it would pay approximately $108M to these two U.S. government agencies and that it agreed to undertake certain compliance, reporting and cooperation obligations. HP Enterprise announced on April 22 that the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing signed a $116.9M contract for the company to implement a new Medicaid Management system. On May 7, Reuters reported that HP was planning to invest over $1B over the next two years to create and offer cloud-computing products and services and cited statements from the company's Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research was generally positive on HP during the quarter, with firms positively receiving the company with upgrades. On February 20, Argus upgraded HP to Buy from Hold based on what it sees as the company's strong cash generation trends and signs that the company's positive top-line and bottom-line comparisons can be sustained going forward. Barclays upgraded HP to Overweight from Equal Weight citing the company's improved free cash flow and expectations it will gain market share in x86 servers over the next several quarters. The firm raised its price target for shares to $38 from $33. On April 29, Pacific Crest upgraded HP to Outperform from Sector Perform citing increased confidence in the company's profit recovery due to expanding margins, enterprise share gains and stabilizing PC trends. The firm set a $37 price target for shares. Brean Capital raised its price target on Hewlett-Packard to $40 from $34 on May 19 as they feel guidance is achievable, the company can find additional cost savings and the company will still use its free cash flow to buy back stock. Brean Capital maintained its Buy rating on the shares. On May 20, however, Citigroup believed that both NetApp (NTAP) and HP "will be challenged" to meet April quarter revenue expectations, but may be able to reach earnings projections due to cost controls. Citi expects HP to reiterate its FY15 earnings outlook and has a Buy rating on HP. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trading following HPs first quarter report on February 20, shares have risen approximately 8.5%. Over the past year, shares have increased over 55%. During late morning trading, shares of HP are up 1.57% to $33.03.
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November 25, 2014
16:26 EDTHPQHP down 1% to $37.25 after reporting Q4 results, guidance
16:10 EDTHPQHP says Q4 personal systems revenue was up 4% year over year
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16:08 EDTHPQHP sees FY15 EPS $3.83-$4.03, consensus $3.95
16:07 EDTHPQHP sees Q1 EPS 89c-93c, consensus 93c
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16:06 EDTHPQHP reports Q4 EPS $1.06, consensus $1.06
Reports Q4 revenue $28.4B, consensus $28.76B.
15:31 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus $1.06; Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 68c; Cubic (CUB), consensus 94c; Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (16c); Veeva Systems (VEEV), consensus 8c; Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 3c; TiVo (TIVO), consensus 7c; Perfect World (PWRD), consensus 40c.
15:10 EDTHPQHP November weekly 38 straddle priced for 4.1% move into Q4
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14:18 EDTHPQHP technical notes before results
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12:35 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Analysts take positive view of HP after split plan
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10:43 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP November weekly call option implied volatility is at 50, December is at 25, January and February is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 25.
09:38 EDTNTAPNetApp participates in a conference call with Goldman Sachs
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November 24, 2014
11:49 EDTHPQCitigroup mobile devices analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:28 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $45 from $40 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for HP shares to $45 ahead of the company's Q4 results on November 25. The firm expects an in-line quarter with the potential for higher earnings due to buybacks. To reflect higher buybacks, Deutsche raised its earnings estimates and it keeps a Buy rating on HP.
06:44 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP November weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, December is at 30, January is at 23, February is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 25.
November 23, 2014
14:29 EDTHPQ3D printing draws regulatory scrutiny as its applications spread, FT says
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November 21, 2014
12:08 EDTHPQHP December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP November weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, December is at 32, January is at 23, February is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 25.
November 20, 2014
12:00 EDTHPQAnalyst sees new competition shaking up 3D printing market
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08:04 EDTHPQHP December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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November 19, 2014
16:32 EDTHPQStratasys appoints ex-Hewlett-Packard Chris Morgan as CMO
Stratasys (SSYS) appointed Chris Morgan as Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Stratasys. Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP (HPQ).
07:46 EDTHPQSymantec, Hewlett-Packard announce DRaaS solution partnership
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