Why Hewlett-Packard Is Poised to Underperform

Market-lagging returns could be written in this 2-Star.

Brian D. Pacampara, CFA
Brian D. Pacampara, CFA
Feb 25, 2013 at 9:00PM
Technology and Telecom

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, embattled IT giant Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Hewlett-Packard and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Hewlett-Packard facts

Headquarters (founded)

Palo Alto, Calif. (1939)

Market Cap

$37.4 billion


Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$120.4 billion


CEO Margaret Whitman (since 2011)

CFO Catherine Lesjak (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$11.3 billion / $28.4 billion

Dividend Yield






Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 10% of the 3,833 members who have rated Hewlett-Packard believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, sikiliza, succinctly summed up the Hewlett-Packard bear case for our community:

I just don't believe that Whitman will be able to save this behemoth from itself. They were caught napping, have had a ten year streak of awful decision-making and leadership and their products are not really that desirable anymore. It takes a long time to turn around an aircraft carrier and even longer to turn around one that is damaged.

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