Hewlett-Packard Co Stock Sell Recommendation Reiterated (HPQ)
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- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 559.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1,926.00 million to -$8,857.00 million.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for HEWLETT-PACKARD CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.30%. Regardless of HPQ's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HPQ's net profit margin of -29.90% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
- Net operating cash flow has decreased to $2,846.00 million or 11.25% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 11.25%, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.84%.
- HPQ's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that HPQ's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.63 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
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