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This Company's Still Dead in the Water

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The pace of innovation in technology moves at a seemingly endless pace. The companies that can keep pace in this "innovate or die" world usually also richly reward their shareholders. Once a Silicon Valley icon, PC heavyweight Hewlett-Packard used to live on the cutting edge of big tech, consistently pushing the envelope. However, it's been noteworthy lately for all the wrong reasons.

The company now finds itself on the outside looking in as smart devices continue to take the place of PCs for the average consumer. In a recent move, CEO Meg Whitman attempted to bring about the turnaround she promised when she took the helm. Listen on to see if her most recent move stands a chance of restoring this fallen angel to its former glory.

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  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2012, at 1:20 AM, funspirit wrote:

    Apple's IPad as you guys mentioned is the first to market, cool, and innovative. HP under Hurd killed a lot of R+D in the name of short term proifts and the Palm purchase obv didn't pan out.

    As for Apple, an interesting bull/bear case here (bear case presented by Doug Kass)

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2012, at 1:52 AM, lovesaves wrote:

    I respect that you might not like HP as an investment but they are ranked 11 in the Fortune 500 and are far from dead.

    HPQ Sales = $126 Bil

    HPQ Income = $6 Bil

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2012, at 4:32 AM, ajaykc wrote:

    I love it when a teenage boy tells his mom that they know it all and that's what I see a lot here on motley fool now.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2012, at 5:19 AM, u1w1e wrote:

    Thanks for this "analysis" how HP is dead in the water, because the IPad is nicer then those old PCs.

    HP is the biggest hardware provider for cloud infrastructures growing much faster in this (fast-growing) market then IBM (No. 2).

    HP is number 1 or 2 in any server market segment.

    Certainly not suggesting HP has no troubles.

  • Report this Comment On March 28, 2012, at 10:41 AM, Borisbmx wrote:

    The new leader of HPQ did an amazing job at PG and EBAY.

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