Consumer Electronics

H-P Holds Its Own (HPQ, COMS, DELL)

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) had already given its guidance for today’s earnings two weeks ago when it announced the surprise acquisition of 3Com Corp. (NASDAQ: COMS).  But that doesn’t keep traders from looking through the numbers.  H-P posted $1.14 EPS on $30.78 billion in revenues. Thomson Reuters had estimates of $1.13 EPS and $30.36 billion in revenues.

The company said it still backs $1.03 to $1.05 non-GAAP EPS and $29.6 billion to $29.9 billion in revenues for the current quarter that it will report in 3 months. Estimates for next quarter are $1.04 EPS and $29.7 billion in revenues.  H-P is also backing $4.25  to $4.35 in 2010 non-GAAP EPS.

The company generated $3.4 billion in cash flow from operations and exited with $13.4 billion in gross cash.

Shares closed up almost 2% at $51.02 today and the 52-week trading range is $25.39 to $51.43.  Shares are down at $50.77 in the after-hours session.  When you compare the company’s take to that of Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL), it is easy to see who is executing better today.

JON C. OGG