There has been very little good news for Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) investors lately. In only a couple of years the company has gone from being the largest printing and PC manufacturer in the world to the sorry state it is in today. Slowly and steady the company is fight its way back into investor’s good books. The recently released data by Gartner shows that Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has maintained its mantle as the largest PC manufacturer in the world. It also released its quarterly earnings report last week and beat Street expectations by reporting an EPS of $0.81 and revenues of $28.4 billion. Investors welcomed this scarce good news from HP and rewarded it with a 6% stock appreciation.
The company has also been working on improving its cash position, which has been severely effected by the misguidance acquisitions it has made over the last couple of years. A solid quarter has increased the total cash reserves because HP was able to report Free Cash Flows of $2.06 billion. Despite these positives pieces of news the company faces severe challenges in both its PC and printing businesses; combined, these segments account for approximately 50% of HP’s total revenue. A major part of HP’s troubles stem from its inability to carve out a share from the high growth handheld industry. This inability is the result of fierce competition in this industry and a delayed response from the company.
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has recently announced that it will make a renewed effort to enter the handheld industry. It has largely been left out of this lucrative market, which is being controlled by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has recently become a major competitor in this market with its Kindle tablets. The online retailer still relies on Google for its Android operating system. Apple is a leader and pioneer in the tablet market with its iPad, and has recently released the new and cheaper iPad mini. Google has launched the Nexus tablets to get a foothold in this very important industry, and industry which could be the future of computing.
HP Slate 7
In the recent past Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has tried to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung in the handheld industry and failed miserably. The company is not making the same mistake twice–this time it is targeting the value consumers who are currently relying on cheaper generic products. HP has just launched its newest product offering, the HP Slate 7, which is available at an unbelievable price of $169. It has a dual-core 1.6GHz SoC, a 16 inch × 9 inch display, and will run the Android 4.1 operating system. The tablet comes with a pre-installed 1GB memory and 8 GB hard disk with the option of a micro SD extension. According to the company the tablet will allow users to print directly from their device on Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) printers, with other printer manufacturers to be available soon.