Some information provided during this call may include forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.That standard fare, straight from the Webcast of HP's Nov. 20 Q4 2012 earnings conference call, goes on to say what amounts to if we get it wrong, it was a big "oops" because you can never be sure about these things, and by the way, we're under no obligation to update our incredibly optimistic guidance, even if it is about to blow up. At day's end, the SEC lets companies such as RIM and HP off the hook. They allow them to issue long-term guidance on the basis of hopes, prayers, shaky assumptions and poor visibility.
SEC Should Keep Close Eye on HP, Whitman
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