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Is now the time to pack up Hewlett-Packard?

Last year was a very rough year for Hewlett-Packard’s stock. This year, however, the computer-maker’s stock seems to have been rebooted.

In 2012, the tech giant was in a heap of a mess. The stock fell steadily starting in mid-February and hit a low in November. That’s when the company took a write-down of $8.8 billion for its acquisition of British software company Autonomy. That hit, plus nearly $7 billion less in sales, helped contribute to a $12.65 billion loss for fiscal 2012 (the company’s years end in October). Hewlett-Packard’s stock closed the year down 47%.

(Related: How Jim Chanos spotted the HP scandal)

A change of calendar and a change of fortunes awaited shareholders this year. Now up an astonishing 84% since the start of 2013, Hewlett-Packard is the best performer out of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

But, is now the time to pack up Hewlett-Packard?

“It’s hard for people to remember, but HP is the biggest technology company in the world by the number of employees,” says Talking Numbers host Brian Sullivan. “And, in terms of sales, it was. Apple’s going to pass it.”

(Related: Final Glance: Computer companies)

In the above video, Talking Numbers contributor Enis Taner, Global Macro Editor at RiskReversal.com investigates the company’s fundamentals while JC O’Hara, Chief Market Technician at FBN Securities, takes a look at the stock’s chart. They have a warning investors should hear before putting money down on this name.

To hear what worries Taner and O’Hara about Hewlett-Packard, watch the video above.

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