A sputtering economy, implosions at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic is never beneficial to investors, it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 125,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
When looking at technology powerhouse Hewlett-Packard
1. Nowhere safe
HP's printer segment is under attack from rivals, and in the server market, heavyweight Cisco
2. Lost its shine
A group of CAPS members think Hewlett-Packard doesn't produce the same quality products that it once did. Like Dell, it faces lower margins in a crowded market full of competition from around the globe. The argument for the commoditization of many of HP's segments keeps many wary.
3. The netbook effect
Falling computer sales are taking their toll on PC makers HP and Dell, as well as chipmakers Intel
Of course, Hewlett-Packard has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles in the past. But the question about whether the company's future is as bright as the past is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock's 15 minutes of fame was more like three seconds blurred in the background of local news footage. He owns shares of Intel and NVIDIA. Intel and Dell are Inside Value recommendations. NVIDIA is a Stock Advisor selection. The Fool owns shares and covered calls of Intel. The Fool's disclosure policy will break you long before waterboarding is necessary.