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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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March 31, 2015
10:19 EDTHPQHP sues ex-Autonomy execs for misrepresenting finances, Bloomberg says
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06:33 EDTHPQOracle said to hire former HP executive Dave Donatelli, Business Insider reports
According to multiple sources, Oracle (ORCL) has hired former HP (HPQ) executive Dave Donatelli, Business Insider reports. Donatelli is said to have been named as Oracle's newest executive VP of hardware, reporting to his former boss, Mark Hurd, the co-CEO of Oracle. Reference Link
06:03 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LL HPQ
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March 27, 2015
09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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06:03 EDTHPQHP close to deal to sell control of H3C Technologies, WSJ reports
According to sources, The Wall Street Journal reports Hewlett-Packard is close to a deal to sell a 51% stake in H3C Technologies, its data-networking business in China, to Tsinghua Unigroup. One source cautions that a deal may still be "a few weeks away," adding that it may also include a separate server operation. The business is said to be worth about $5B in total. Reference Link
March 26, 2015
14:39 EDTHPQHP close to deal to sell control of Chinese unit, Dow Jones says
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07:25 EDTHPQThe Economist to hold a forum
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06:05 EDTHPQIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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March 25, 2015
06:04 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO HPQ
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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.
07:39 EDTHPQHP break-up value in at least the low $40's, says UBS
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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.

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