NEW YORK (
) -- Just several months into her job as CEO of
, Meg Whitman is already getting high marks from readers of
While the sample size was small (107), 60% of respondents to a recent poll said they believe the former
, which has faced uncertainty over its overall strategic direction for the past year.
Analysts agree that Whitman can restore stability to HP.
"HP faces diverse headwinds, creating an uphill climb to re-establish operational improvements, but investors finally have reason to be optimistic as Whitman looks to restore order from the chaos that has consumed HP during the past 12 months," Morningstar analyst Michael Holt wrote in a recent note.
The remaining 40% of
readers, meanwhile, believe Whitman lacks the experience necessary to help a company the size and scope of HP.
In her remarks on Monday
following HP's fourth quarter results
, Whitman said she is focused on being "simpler, clearer and more consistent."
"No more surprises," she said, referring to her predecessor Leo Apotheker, who confused investors and customers by announcing in August the company was exploring spinning off its PC business.
The company is also ditching large scale M&A, Whitman said, such as its recent acquisition of British software company
HP, which was criticized under Apotheker for repeatedly lowering its guidance throughout the year, set its quarterly and full-year forecasts at more achievable levels.
HP estimates non-GAAP earnings of 83 cents a share for the current quarter, compared to Wall Street's view for a profit of $1.11. For the full year, the company sees non-GAAP earnings of at least $4 a share vs. the average analysts' estimate of $4.54.
--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.
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