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Goldman Analyst Slaps 'Sell' Rating on Hewlett-Packard

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 05:21 PM

Shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. fell the most in more than four months Tuesday after Bill Shope, an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., downgraded the shares amid a continuing slump in personal-computer sales.

The shares dropped 5.2 percent to end at $22.10 in New York, and earlier touched $21.82 for the biggest intraday decline since Nov. 20. Shope downgraded the stock to sell from neutral and has a $16 target price.

Before Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard had surged 64 percent this year on optimism that Meg Whitman, the fourth CEO in three years, could engineer a turnaround. She showed early signs of progress in February, forecasting fiscal second-quarter profit that beat estimates as cost cutting and rebounding demand for enterprise services helped offset waning demand for PCs.

“Sentiment has moved ahead of reality,” Shope wrote in a research report Tuesday. He predicted that the shares could fall 31 percent from Monday’s closing price.

“The current restructuring actions will be largely countered by incremental weakness in PCs, enterprise hardware, services and printing in fiscal 2013,” Shope said.

Global PC shipments may fall 1.3 percent to 345.8 million units this year, from 350.4 million in 2012, researcher IDC said last month. Last year, shipments declined 3.7 percent.

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