New CEO Nowhere to be SeenBy Reuters | Print
HP sounded a note of optimism during an investors conference yesterday, saying that it expects revenue growth of 5 to 7 percent, but disappointed many by not announcing a new CEO.
Its shares have fallen about 10 percent since Hurd's departure on Aug. 6. The company now trades at just over 9 times forward earnings, a discount to peers such as IBM and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO).
Shares of HP (NYSE:HPQ) closed at $41.63 on the New York Stock Exchange and rose 1.3 percent to $42.19 in extended trading.
Acquisitions are key, and HP went on a spending spree in the past month. It outlasted Dell in an expensive bidding war for data storage company 3PAR Inc, and also agreed to purchase to security software company ArcSight Inc.
Those acquisitions came on the heels of deals for networking equipment maker 3Com and smartphone maker Palm. Some on Wall Street have wondered how HP plans to digest all of it.
Several executives said to be competing for the top job will address analysts on Tuesday, including personal systems group head Todd Bradley and enterprise division chief Ann Livermore. (Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Edwin Chan, Bernard Orr)