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February 21, 2013
14:02 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: HP shares recover after $8.8B charge related to Autonomy deal
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is set to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Thursday, February 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Hewlett-Packard is an IT company that provides hardware, software, and business and enterprise solutions... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 71c on revenue of $27.79B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 68c-82c on revenue of $26.3B-$28.72B... LAST QUARTER: HP reported Q4 EPS of $1.16 against estimates for $1.14 on revenue of $29.96B against estimates for $30.34B. HP said it sees Q1 EPS ex-items 68c-71c against then estimates for 85c. HP affirmed its FY13 EPS view of $3.40-$3.60 against then estimates for $3.52; current FY13 EPS consensus is $3.49. In its Q4 report, HP said it was taking an $8.8B charge primarily related to its acquisition of UK-based software company Autonomy. The company said a majority of this charge was related to "serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations...that occurred prior to HP's acquisition of Autonomy." On December 27, HP said the Department of Justice had opened an investigation related to Autonomy, and on February 11 the Financial Reporting Council, the UK's accounting regulator, confirmed it was investigating Autonomy. Following Dell's (DELL) February 5 announcement that it was being taken private, HP released a statement saying it plans to take "full advantage" of any opportunities presented to the company as a result of Dell's deal. Since its Q4 report, reports of activist involvement in HP or a possible breakup of the company have circulated, though none of these reports have been publicly confirmed or denied... STREET RESEARCH: In the days following HP's Q4 results, shares were downgraded by at least four analyst firms. Following Dell's deal to be taken private, Jefferies said a takeover of HP is unlikely, and the firm maintains an Underperform rating on shares with a $10 price target. Wells Fargo issued a note in response to a story from Quartz that said HP's board was studying a breakup of the company, that said the firm thinks HP may spin off smaller units of the company, but that the PC or printer businesses are unlikely candidates to be spun off; Wells Fargo maintains a Market Perform rating on the stock. In a note earlier today, Sterne Agee maintained its Neutral rating on HP shares, saying that though shares remain inexpensive, continued pressure on HP's core businesses may reveal further downside in the stock... PRICE ACTION: Shares of HP are up over 26% since the first day of trading following its Q4 report. Shares of HP are up 0.6% in early afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report.
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:56 EDTHPQHP rallies after Gartner/IDC PC shipment data, levels to watch
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09:21 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:01 EDTHPQPC market decline 'much less' than feared, says Citigroup
Citigroup says data yesterday from IDC showing a Q1 PC unit decline of 4% was "much less than feared." Citi continues to view HP (HPQ) as its top IT Hardware stock. It has a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
06:56 EDTHPQHP estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Overweight rated HP FY15-16 estimates above consensus to reflect a margin recovery in Enterprise Services. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.84 and price target is raised to $36 from $34.
06:55 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:23 EDTHPQIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.

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