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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.
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August 20, 2015
17:26 EDTHPQHP sees continued pressure on top line in Q4
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17:21 EDTHPQHP sees printing headwinds to continue
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17:11 EDTHPQHP sees continued pressure in Personal Systems
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17:08 EDTHPQHP seeing continued weakness in Russia and China
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16:47 EDTHPQHP provides separation update
HP noted, "On July 1, Hewlett Packard Enterprise filed an initial Registration Statement on Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission , an important step in the separation process. The filing provides detailed information on the business and historical financial results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. On August 10, HP filed the first amendment to the Form 10, which included the pro forma cash and debt levels for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. With the Hewlett Packard Enterprise capital structure determined, credit ratings agencies published expected investment grade ratings for both Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP, which is in line with our objectives. On August 12, HP introduced the expected members of the boards of directors for both Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc., effective upon the completion of the separation. Each board will include members of the current HP board, as well as several new directors chosen after a comprehensive review of personal and professional qualifications as they relate to the specific needs of the two new companies "
16:21 EDTHPQHP down 2.38% after reporting Q3 results and guidance
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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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10:08 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY16 revenue to down about 5%
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09:36 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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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.
06:51 EDTNTAPNetApp product growth still a concern, says Piper Jaffray
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05:55 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NTAP ATML
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