Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), Sony Corporation (ADR) (SNE): Can These Companies Continue Their Bull Run?

Page 1 of 2

When the stock price of a company increases significantly, investors are curious to know whether it is likely to increase further. High growth in a short time might make investors skeptical about further growth potential of the stock. However, there are some stocks which have further growth potential. Here are three companies that have registered more than 70% YTD growth in their stock prices.

Source: Google Finance

In order to maintain this high-growth trajectory, these companies are releasing new products. Let’s have a look at these products and the growth opportunities for each company.

A company being made to sweat

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) launched Moonshot servers in April 2013 in the U.S. and Canada. This server consumes 89% less energy and is 77% cheaper than a traditional server. The Moonshot server is a part of HP’s commodity server business, or CSB. The company launched these servers to revive its distressed CSB. However, Moonshot failed to have the expected impact on CSB. The company’s CSB segment posted revenue of $3.04 billion in the second-quarter of 2013, a decrease of 12% year-over-year.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is also facing severe challenges in its personal computer, or PC, segment. Its PC segment revenue dropped 20% year-over-year in the second-quarter of 2013. Despite being a market leader in the PC segment, it is continuously losing its market share to its competitor, Lenovo. In the second quarter of 2012, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) had 17.8% market share in the PC business as compared to Lenovo’s 13.2%. However, it now has 15.7% market share, and Lenovo occupies 15.3% of the PC market.

Credit: Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

A company launching a smartphone

Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) is expected to launch its latest smartphone Xperia Z Ultra in July 2013. It is believed to be the best smartphone Sony has ever made. The Xperia Z Ultra has a 32,173 point AnTuTu score, and beats its peer, Samsung Galaxy S4, by almost 700 points. AnTuTu score is a benchmark for smartphones.

The Xperia Z Ultra will be carried exclusively by T MOBILE US INC (NYSE: TMUS) in the U.S. T-Mobile offers a “simple choice plan” to its customers. This plan allows the customers to design their plan based on the number of lines and amount of high-speed data they want. T MOBILE US INC will allow Xperia Z Ultra users to connect to its high-speed 4G network across the U.S. This network is expected to reach 100 million people in June and 200 million people by the end of this year. Therefore, it will increase Sony’s addressable market in the U.S. significantly.

Both Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) revealed their latest gaming consoles in June 2013. Microsoft introduced Xbox One, scheduled to be launched in the market in early November this year. Sony revealed its PlayStation 4, or PS4, that is likely to hit the markets in late November.

PS4 is attractively priced at $399, $100 less than its rival Xbox One. Analysts believe that the PS4 will be a game changer for Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) because of its pro-consumer features as compared to the Xbox One. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) conducted a poll asking consumers whether they preferred the PS4 or the Xbox One. PS4 won the poll with 38,984 consumers voting for PS4, whereas Xbox One managed a mere 2,162 votes. Sony sold 70 million-75 million units of PS3 in the last few years. If sales remain similar, yearly sales of 12 million PS4 units can be expected. This will help Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) generate yearly revenue of $4.99 billion from PS4.

A pharma giant testing drugs

In February 2013, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) announced plans to conduct phase 3 studies to test its drug VX-809 combined with another drug, Ivacaftor. These two drugs cure cystic fibrosis, or CF. CF is a life-shortening disease that causes lung dysfunction.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) plans to conduct phase 3 studies in two stages of 24 weeks each. On successful completion of the studies, the company will apply for drug approval to the FDA and the European Medicines Agency.

Page 1 of 2
blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

Shopaholics Rejoice: The 12 Biggest Malls in the World

Fright Night: 10 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

Mach Mania: The 10 Fastest Jets in the World

Military Heavyweights: The 10 Countries with the Most Tanks

All In: The 7 Richest Poker Players in the World

Abracadabra: The 10 Best Magicians in the World

The 10 Richest Asian Countries in the World in 2014

Eyes in the Sky: 10 Things You Need to Know About Drones

Rising Stars: The 6 Best Silicon Valley Startups

Military Muscle: The 5 Most Advanced Armies in South America

All that Glitters: The 7 Most Luxurious Jewelry Brands in the World

5 Things You Didn’t Know About ISIS but Should

Empowering Your Money: The 5 Best Energy Stocks to Invest In

The 11 Best Android Apps You Can’t Get on iOS

The 10 Most Important International Conflicts in 2014

Mood Enhancers: The 20 Most Uplifting Songs of all Time

Lover Beware: The 8 Countries that Cheat the Most

Breath of Fresh Air: The 25 Countries with the Best Air Quality on the Planet

Singles Beware: The 8 Worst Mistakes Made on First Dates

Healthy and Happy: The 10 Countries with Lowest Healthcare Costs

The 6 Best Company Team Building Activities to Build Workplace Camaraderie

Ships Ahoy: The 10 Busiest Shipping Ports in the World

10 Productivity Tips to Save You Time and Help You Do More With Less

Grab a Bite: The Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants in America

Friday Night Thirst: The 10 Most Popular Cocktails in the World

The 6 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries We May Never Figure Out

7 Useless Products You Never Should’ve Bought

The 5 Reasons Why You’re Single and Miserable

The 7 Most Addictive Foods in the World We Can’t Stop Eating (Even Though We Should)

5 Amazing Places You Can Swim with Dolphins

The Top 7 Most Livable Countries In The World

The 10 Most Expensive Baseball Cards Ever Pulled From A Pack

The 5 Easiest Second Languages to Learn for English Speakers

Silver Spoon: The 6 Richest Families in the World

The 20 Countries with the Largest Prison Populations in the World

The Top 10 Richest Actors in the World

The 10 Best Airline Stocks to Invest In Before They Fly Too High

Burger Kings: The 10 Most Expensive Burgers in the World

The 10 Most Ethnically Diverse Countries in the World

The 10 Most Exclusive Credit Cards in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships in the World

The 10 Fastest Supercomputers in the World

The 10 Best Countries for Doing Business 2015

6 Most Expensive Fruits In The World

10 Worst Airlines in the World

The 10 Biggest Tax Havens in the World to Stash Your Money

The 15 Most Murderous Countries in the World

10 Largest Colleges in the World: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: The 6 Comedians Seinfeld Needs to Interview

Easy Money: The 10 Most Successful Investors in the World Today

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!