HP's Stock Rally Is 'Running Out of Steam'
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Investors should be careful about owning HP(HPQ) shares, warns Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets.
"The greater than 50% rally in HP's stock over the past seven weeks has been impressive and driven by a plethora of factors, but none that we believe are based in reality," he wrote in a note released Friday. "As such, we believe the stock is close to running out of steam and we remain sellers at these levels."
The beleaguered tech giant has been thrust into the spotlight recently. HP's shares spiked on Wednesday following a news report that potential purchasers are evaluating the company's Autonomy and EDS units.
A spokesman for HP told TheStreet that the company doesn't comment on speculation.
There have been plenty of rumors, though, about HP carving off parts of its business. In a recent regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, HP said it will "continue to evaluate the potential disposition of assets and businesses that may no longer help us meet our objectives."
"Given the current legal issues surrounding Autonomy after HP called out improprieties at the company, we can't imagine that any rational buyer would pay much for this business," White wrote. "While services have been challenged in recent quarters, selling off EDS seems a bit extreme and unlikely to happen in the near term, especially when this business makes sense with HP's enterprise portfolio. We don't expect a major, near-term transformation at HP."