That increased erased some of investor's short-term losses, but the tech stock is still trailing the market and remains lower so far in 2020.
The PC and printer maker reported solid operating results in late August that relieved some of the fears Wall Street has about the business. Sales fell just 2% during a disruptive time for most industries, and HP remained solidly profitable. Executives said they're seeing more opportunities than threats right now as consumers and commercial enterprises move more toward a work-from-home platform.
HP isn't done putting its challenges behind it, though. Weak printer sales are pressuring its margins, and overall demand is still projected to decline through at least 2021. These issues suggest it will be difficult for the company to mount a quick and sustained growth rebound. That's why investors might want to lower their expectations about last month's stock price rally extending enough to make the stock an obvious value today.