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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 HP’s 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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July 15, 2014
08:09 EDTHPQRalph Whitworth taking leave of absence at Relational INvestors
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08:05 EDTHPQHP announces interim chairman Whitworth resigns for health reasons
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08:02 EDTHPQHP announces resignation of chairman Ralph Whitworth
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06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
July 14, 2014
11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
08:34 EDTHPQPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
08:49 EDTHPQJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTHPQHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
18:10 EDTHPQHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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10:02 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:36 EDTHPQNotebook vendors shifting more orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
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06:08 EDTNTAPNetApp initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson
Target $45.
July 8, 2014
06:34 EDTHPQHP shares attractively valued at current levels, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of HP are not adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche notes HP's new product introductions are up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm views the stock as attractively valued and reiterates a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
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