Hewlett-Packard

(HWP)

was up 2.6% in early trading.

The computer company is due to post first-quarter earnings after the close. The Street is expecting 37 cents a share, down from 40 cents a year earlier.

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

is also due to report after the close. The PC maker is expected to show earnings of 15 cents a share.

Other computer companies were rising.

Gateway

(GTW)

was up 2.7%.

IBM

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was up 1.6%.