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  • hrumphincitus hrumphincitus Oct 3, 2012 10:30 PM Flag

    HP was a great Co. when it was a test equip. Mfr

    Agilent is where the spirit of the old HP lies. HP was always considered a high-tech, cutting-edge company. Agilent fits that description, making the most sophisticated instruments in the world. In comparison, HP makes too many commodity items that are subject to too much competition, so the margins can't be that high. One half, ONE HALF, of HP's business is making PCs and printers (and printer toner). Those are commodity businesses and HP is not even so competitive in them anymore. When half of your business is commoditized and not doing well, you have problems. And when they have made attempts to do other things, it has not been as a market leader, but as a follower, as evidenced by their attempts to make and sell digital cameras, displays, etc. HP is not going out of business but it's a different company now. It's certainly not a sexy investment anymore. When they pare down their costs, it may be an interesting investment opportunity, but I think this stock still has downside and worse, I think its upside is limited because it's no longer a growth company. You look at all the excited, special, sophisticated products being worked on out there, and the name HP doesn't even pass your lips. The spirit of the founders has long left this shell of a company.

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