The most notable is Relational Investors. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is the fund’s largest investment, with Relational owning some 34.5 million shares — making up 15.8% of the hedge fund’s public equity portfolio.
Meanwhile Richard Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management also owns over 34 million shares, 5.7% of its 13F portfolio. Other notable investors include Viking Global with 10.5 million shares and Yacktman Asset Management with 9.2 million.
The stock is up 90% year-to-date, thanks in part to the Dell buyout, which gave all PC-hardware investors belief there might still be value to be had in the PC business. But the outlook for PC hardware is bleak, as tablets and mobile devices cut into the PC market share. IDC believes that global PC unit shipments fell 3% in 2012. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)‘s turnaround around story hinges on its ability to reduce costs quickly and effectively. But the weak economic environment will serve up other headwinds as well.
The tech decline isn’t limited
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is down nearly 12% over the past 12 months. The tech company is the world’s largest manufacturer of microprocessors, which are heavily tied to PCs. Even still, revenue is expected be down only 1% in 2013.
Offsetting the decline in PC-related revenue should be growth in data-center revenue. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) ships some 80% of the world’s microprocessors. Sales of microprocessors and related chipsets for PCs make up 64% of sales, and microprocessors for servers, workstations, and other applications are 20% of sales.