Is Hewlett-Packard an Attractive Investment?

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With shares of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) trading around $26, is HPQ an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Hewlett-Packard provides products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small and medium businesses, and large enterprises worldwide. The company offers commercial notebooks and desktops, consumer notebooks, desktops, software, and services for the commercial and consumer markets. The services segment provides consulting, outsourcing, and technology services to infrastructure, applications, and business process domains. The diverse technological products and services offered by Hewlett-Packard make it a leading provider that sees increased demand through global expansion.

Hewlett-Packard’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday showed that Christmas came early for the company’s third CEO in four years, Meg Whitman. After taking the helm at HP in September 2011, Whitman agreed to a salary of $1 for 2012, similar to a handful of other Silicon Valley executives. However, now that the company is finally enjoying more much-needed stability, HP’s board has decided to up Whitman’s salary  to $1.5 million, effective as of November 1. According to Reuters, the filing says that the board members want to “bring Whitman’s salary to a competitive level among the salaries of the chief executive officers of HP’s peer companies.”

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