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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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August 21, 2014
06:27 EDTHPQHP results had more positive than negatives, says Deutsche Bank
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06:17 EDTHPQHP shares can continue to trade higher, says Citigroup
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August 20, 2014
18:35 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:00 EDTHPQHP says delivered YoY revenue growth for first time in three years in Q3
Says product line up is strongest in years with innovation "alive and well." Says product portfolio shifting to SaaS. Says the company is more nimble and better prepared than ever to respond to business conditions. Says can continue to gain market share in PC's. Expects to exit FY14 with $9B in cash flow and will resume share repurchases in Q4. Says M&A will be part of the future, but would prefer to grow organically. Comments from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
17:12 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:07 EDTHPQHP CEO Whitman says 'very pleased with progress'
"Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress we've made," said Meg Whitman, chairman, president and CEO, HP. "When I look at the way the business is performing, the pipeline of innovation and the daily feedback that I receive from our customers and partners, my confidence in the turnaround grows stronger."
16:07 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 Personal Systems revenue up 12% YoY
Personal Systems revenue was up 12% year over year with a 4.0% operating margin Commercial revenue increased 14% and Consumer revenue increased 8%. Total units were up 13% with Desktops units up 9% and Notebooks units up 18%. Printing revenue was down 4% year over year with an 18.4% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 5% with Commercial hardware units down 2% and Consumer hardware units down 6%. Supplies revenue was down 5%. Enterprise Group revenue was up 2% year over year with a 14.0% operating margin. Industry Standard Servers revenue was up 9%, Storage revenue was down 4%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 18%, Networking revenue was up 4% and Technology Services revenue was down 3%. Enterprise Services revenue was down 6% year over year with a 4.1% operating margin. Application and Business Services revenue was down 4% and Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing revenue declined 8%. Software revenue was down 5% year over year with a 21.2% operating margin. License revenue was down 16%, support revenue was flat, professional services revenue was down 3% and software-as-a-service revenue was up 8%. HP Financial Services revenue was down 3% year over year with a 1% increase in net portfolio assets and a 14% increase in financing volume. The business delivered an operating margin of 9.2%.
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.70-$3.74, consensus $3.72
16:05 EDTHPQHP sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.03-$1.07, consensus $1.05
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16:04 EDTHPQHP reports Q3 adjusted EPS 89c, consensus 89c
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16:01 EDTHPQOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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15:56 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August weekly 35 straddle priced for 4.3% move into Q3
15:26 EDTHPQNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), consensus 89c; L Brands (LB), consensus 62c; Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 60c; CACI International (CACI), consensus $1.43; Semtech (SMTC), consensus 39c; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 39c; America's Car-Mart (CRMT), consensus 60c.
13:42 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Analysts view HP positively ahead of Q3 earnings report
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11:54 EDTHPQHP technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed the broader averages, rising by more than 8%. The trend has had a decidedly bullish slant, with $36 at the high and $33 at the low. These bounds give us some guidance as to how price might behave depending on earnings and guidance. A breakout above $36 and notably the 52-week high at $36.21, would appear very probable if the news is better than already high expectations. Next major resistance would be at $38, a level not seen since early 2011. An extreme upside reaction could push the stock to $40.34. Given the strong bullish sentiment in the name, the risk may be more to the downside on a disappointment. The key level to watch on the downside if news or guidance is worse than expected is at the 50-day moving average, last at $34.57. A breakdown below the 50-day would break the intermediate-term uptrend and that would have bearish implications for future price. The $33 level would become the next important zone following such a break. A snap below $33 on an extreme disappointment would see $31.48 as next support.
08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:49 EDTHPQHP shares have dropped in August over past four years, Re/code reports
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August 19, 2014
11:05 EDTHPQImperva seen as takeover candidate under new CEO
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08:59 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:42 EDTHPQImperva new CEO has history of selling companies, says Sterne Agee
After Imperva (IMPV) appointed Anthony Bettencourt as its new CEO, Sterne Agee says that he has a history of selling companies. The firm believes that Imperva "would likely be an acquisition candidate" for a number of large tech companies such as Cisco (CSC), Juniper (JNPR), HP (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), or F5 (FFIV). Sterne Agee believes that Imperva could be acquired for as much as $45 per share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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