Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Stock Price Target Decreased at Jefferies

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) had its price target lowered by analysts at Jefferies to $40.50 from $42 with a "buy" rating. Shares are declining 1.30% to $43.30. 

Analysts are lowering their PC unit expectations for calendar years 2015 and 2016. For 2015, analysts expect PC unit sales to decline 7% from 5%. Similarly, for 2016, analysts are forecasting a 2% decline from flat sales, according to the note.

HP shares likely offer the least downside risk and less earnings exposure to the more volatile PC market than Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX), analysts said.

However, some risks include general commoditization of IT hardware, secular headwinds in printing, and increasing competitiveness.

On Monday, shares are declining 1.21% to $30.16.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HEWLETT-PACKARD CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HEWLETT-PACKARD CO (HPQ) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. Among the primary strengths of the company is its attractive valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • HEWLETT-PACKARD CO's earnings per share declined by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO's EPS of $2.62 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $2.62. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.65 versus $2.62).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 33.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • HPQ's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79 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 0.70 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HPQ Ratings Report

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