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With HP Shares Falling, Views of Director Whitworth Take on Importance  December 10, 2011 – 03:15 pm

Shareholders of Hewlett-Packard had a rough time last week. Having endured the fall of HP shares to a seven-year low last month, they have had to stand by as the numbers have gotten even worse.

On Friday, HP shares set yet another ignominious milestone, hitting $18.98 a share and trading at the lowest levels seen since late 2004, falling nearly 2 percent on a day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by more than 1.6 percent.

The fall came in partial reaction to an earnings warning from printer company Lexmark, which slashed its second-quarter sales and profit forecasts, blaming slackening demand in Europe and unfavorable currency conditions. Lexmark shares fell by more than 16 percent.

Naturally, investors worried that a bad market for printers would have to hurt the world’s largest maker of printers, as well. It’s certainly not an unreasonable conclusion: HP’s printer unit — recently combined with its PC unit — accounted for 20 percent of sales and 36 percent of operating profits last quarter. And it’s not as if the indications for the printer business weren’t already dour. HP has struggled with its own version of currency difficulties: Since many key printer components are made in Japan, the strong yen has continued to add a currency headwind to an already challenged market for printers and printing supplies.

Source: AllThingsD

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