Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Hewlett-Packard fell 28 cents (-1.7%) to $16.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16.5 million shares of Hewlett-Packard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.15-$16.70 after having opened the day at $16.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.46. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Dataram Corporation ( DRAM), down 8.3%, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), down 8%, OCZ Technology Group ( OCZ), down 7.7%, and Ruckus Wireless ( RKUS), down 5.5%.
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Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $32.16 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Hewlett-Packard a buy, seven analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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