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Q4 Hewlett-Packard Earnings Fail to Impress

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The Q4 Hewlett-Packard earnings (NYSE: HPQ) released today (Tuesday) after the market close were in-line with expectations, but put a less-than-flattering light on a five-year turnaround plan that has yet to show convincing results.

But the key to Hewlett-Packard's earnings lies in how each of its segments performed.

Investors are paying particular attention to HPQ's individual businesses now that the company is set to split in two next year.

Here are the key earnings numbers and what they mean for H-P investors...

Q4 Hewlett-Packard Earnings Will Be Combed for Clues on 2015 Split (HPQ)

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The Q4 Hewlett-Packard earnings (NYSE: HPQ), due after the market close today (Tuesday), should be respectable -- but that's not what Wall Street will be focused on.

Analysts instead will be looking for more details about Hewlett-Packard's planned split into two companies next year. The HP earnings report will tell us how both sides of the business are doing.

Here's what investors need to know about the Q4 HPQ earnings report...

Four Stocks to Watch as Tech Earnings Season Begins

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This earnings season will be awash in fascinating storylines from corporate America, and the technology earnings season will no doubt weave the most interesting of narratives.

That's because tech has been on a roll for the third quarter.

Here are the four stocks to watch as tech unveils one of its most important quarters…

Dow Jones Today Falls 17 Points in Volatile Trading, but HPQ Gains 4% on Split News

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The Dow Jones today slipped 17 points in a busy day for the tech and healthcare sectors. The S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), the market's fear gauge, was up 6.25% on the day.

In a surprise announcement, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) said it will split into two separate companies and lay off nearly 5,000 employees, causing HPQ shares to gain more than 4% on the day.

Here are the top stories from today’s trading…

What the Hewlett-Packard Split Means for HPQ Stock

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Investors put their stamp of approval today (Monday) on the announcement that Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is finally splitting itself up into two companies, and for good reason.

The idea is to spin off the legacy printer and PC business into a company called HP Inc., while the corporate hardware, cloud, and software businesses will become known as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

The deal will create a lot of potential shareholder value, both now and in the future.

Here's how the HP split will work...

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Stock Price Slips After Q3 Earnings – but Future Looks Good

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Struggling personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) posted a surprisingly strong jump in revenue when it reported fiscal Q3 results after today's close - but the HPQ stock price still fell after hours.

Long term, though, there's reason to believe in a higher HPQ stock price.

Here's why.

HPQ, TGT, PETM Top Wednesday's Hot Stocks to Watch

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Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ) is among the hot stocks to watch today as earnings continue to roll in and investors look to take profits...

Here are eight "hot stocks" for today that investors can put on their radar...

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Holds the Keys to the Future of Computing

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Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) calls it "The Machine." I call it the future of computing. And it's just one reason why I think HP is among the smartest plays in tech right now.

The Machine represents a huge leap in technology that's going to make HP a top tech leader once again... and that's going to be a powerful catalyst toward market-beating gains for HPQ stock.

Here's why this turnaround is so exciting for investors…

HPQ vs. IBM: Who Will Win This Clash of the Tech Titans?

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Today I'm refereeing a boxing match between two of the biggest tech legends around: International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Hewlett Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ).

I'm calling it the Clash of the Tech Titans. The prize? A big slug of profits for your investment portfolio...

Luckily, we can predict a winner now...

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) Stock Wobbles on Troubling Earnings

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While Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) stock is up an impressive 75% over the past 12 months, today's (Thursday's) earnings will tell us whether the tech pioneer can keep that momentum going in 2014.

After stumbling several years ago, the company set up a five-year turnaround plan that is now in year two. Hewlett-Packard's earnings, scheduled for release after the market close Thursday, will tell us how well that plan is faring.

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Tech Stocks: Can Meg Whitman Deliver the Next Great Turnaround?

Meg Whitman is aiming to be Hewlett-Packard's Lou Gerstner.

Gerstner was the CEO of International Business Machine (NYSE: IBM) from 1993 until his retirement in 2002, and is widely credited for IBM's turnaround.

How did he save IBM from going out of business and reverse its fortunes?

Well, among other things Gerstner made the difficult decision to lay off more than 100,000 employees shortly after his arrival.

And now Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), has taken a page from IBM's playbook.

On Wednesday, Hewlett-Packard announced it would lay off 27,000 employees, or roughly 8% of its worldwide workforce, over the next two years.

HP hopes the layoffs will save the company $3 billion to $3.5 billion and it plans to reinvest those savings in research and development, innovation, and the overall quality and design of products.

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Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) Earnings Disappoint, Still a Tech Stock to Avoid in 2012

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) delivered disappointing earnings today (Wednesday), showing new CEO Meg Whitman is still working on nursing the tech giant back to health.

Hewlett-Packard's adjusted earnings per share were 92 cents on revenue of $30 billion in the first quarter, while Wall Street was expecting H-P to earn 87 cents on sales of $30.67 billion.

Earnings fell 32% from the same period a year ago, and revenue slipped 7%.

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H-P is the world's largest PC maker, but its glory days are long gone. Over the past year, H-P stock has fallen about 40%.

Its financials for the November - January fiscal quarter illustrate the steep climb H-P faces to regain its profitable leading spot.

"All [its] segments are going to have headwinds," Abhey Lamba, an analyst at Mizuho Securities USA Inc., told BusinessWeek. "It's not going to be a one-year turnaround."

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