Hewlett-Packard ( HWP) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell from time to time up to $3 billion in debt instruments, common and preferred stock and other securities.

The company said it will use the proceeds from any offering of securities for general corporate purposes, which may include debt repayment, acquisitions of products, technology and businesses, and other uses.

H-P's shareholder vote for its proposed merger with Compaq ( CPQ) is about three weeks away. The company's shares closed New York Stock Exchange trading at $19.98, up 69 cents, or 3.6%.

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