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May 22, 2014
11:56 EDTNTAP, HPQEarnings 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.
News For HPQ;NTAP From The Last 14 Days
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March 24, 2015
10:02 EDTHPQHP partners with Bang & Olufsen to bring premium sound to PCs
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05:57 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO HPQ
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March 23, 2015
10:17 EDTHPQHP management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in Texas March 25-27 hosted by Jefferies.
10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:39 EDTHPQHP break-up value in at least the low $40's, says UBS
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06:40 EDTNTAPEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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March 20, 2015
09:05 EDTHPQJefferies Euro offshore IT services analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discusses the market growth in Ofshore IT Services in Continental Europe which is expected to outpace project growth in the U.S., with Cognizant Technology Solutions/EPAM Systems best positioned and IBM/Hewlett Packard disadvantaged on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 10 am.
March 19, 2015
08:35 EDTHPQTsinghua on short list of potential buyers of HP China units, Bloomberg says
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07:47 EDTHPQHP raises quarterly dividend to 17.6c per share from 16c per share
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07:02 EDTHPQHP CEO says company split on track for November 1, Bloomberg says
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March 18, 2015
17:26 EDTHPQHP CEO says split of company should happen around Nov. 1 2015, Bloomberg says
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09:00 EDTHPQPitney Bowes renews strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard
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March 17, 2015
07:12 EDTHPQDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
March 16, 2015
09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTHPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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05:31 EDTHPQHP Enterprise Services announces contract with TNT
HP Enterprise Services announced that it has been selected by international express delivery services company TNT. Under the six-year contract, HP will support TNT's business by consolidating and virtualizing its IT infrastructure and moving some functions to an HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud environment.
March 13, 2015
16:13 EDTHPQJudge approves HP shareholder settlement on Autonomy deal, Bloomberg says
A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco approved HP's revised, third draft of a settlement with shareholders over its acquisition of Autonomy, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:54 EDTHPQIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
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