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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Hewlett-Packard fell $0.33 (-1.5%) to $21.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,834,675 shares of Hewlett-Packard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,122,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.69-$22.34 after having opened the day at $22.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.07. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Hutchinson Technology ( HTCH), down 6.8%, Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 6.1%, Gigamon ( GIMO), down 4.9% and Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 4.1%.

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 $42.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 54.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Hewlett-Packard a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Video Display Corporation ( VIDE), up 13.2%, Interphase ( INPH), up 5.4%, Overland Storage ( OVRL), up 4.8% and Rimage Corporation ( RIMG), up 4.2%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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