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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, eBay and Microsoft



  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, eBay and
                                  Microsoft

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ),
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL), Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG), eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY)
and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

H-P Sells webOS, Chooses Android

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ) finally put an end to its incessant efforts to
breathe life into the webOS mobile operating system platform. The OS was
inherited from Palm Inc., which it acquired in 2010 for $1.2 billion. Failing
to do much to promote the platform, the tech giant has now decided to sell it
to South Korean company LG Electronics Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

The multinational electronic company, which deals in mobile communications,
home entertainment and appliances, air conditioning and energy solutions,
plans to use the webOS technology to introduce a connected television (Smart
TV) initially and eventually integrate it in its other home appliances.

Per the deal terms, H-P will offload the source code, documents and websites
associated with webOS, as well as the experienced staff. Apart from this, H-P
will transfer to LG other webOS products (including patent rights acquired
from Palm and user interface technologies).

H-P left no stone unturned to make the webOS platform a success. In a Strategy
Summit held in San Francisco in early 2011, H-P's then chief executive officer
(CEO) Leo Apotheker announced the company's intention to develop the webOS
platform into a leading connectivity platform. The tech chief also announced
plans to launch the TouchPad tablet and new smartphones on webOS.

But the TouchPad tablet and smartphone failed to carve a niche in a market
dominated by Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq:AAPL) iPad and iPhone, as well as Google
Inc.'s (Nasdaq:GOOG) Android-based devices. The devices did not reach internal
milestones or achieve financial targets.

Actually, the webOS platform itself lagged far behind Apple's iOS and Google's
Android operating system platforms. Hence, the CEO had no option than to
reconsider the continuation of its webOS-based devices.

Hence, in a major restructuring plan announced in Aug 2011, H-P decided to
abandon the underperforming webOS devices. However, the tech behemoth stated
that it would continue to explore options to optimize the value of the webOS
software going forward.

But in Dec 2011, H-P's present chief, Meg Whitman, previously eBay Inc.'s
(Nasdaq:EBAY) chief, announced plans to make its webOS mobile system available
as open-source software that anyone can freely use and modify. Previously, the
company recorded a pre-tax charge of $1.6 billion to account for the
non-profitable business.

H-P appears optimistic about its new tablet (Slate 7), which will run on the
Android OS. A higher-end version based on Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT) Win
8 operating system is already available. The Android tablet will hit stores in
April with a probable price tag of $169.

While H-P's late entry into the tablet market makes things a little difficult
for the company, we can't help thinking that it is 'better late than never. We
therefore take the announcement positively.

Currently, H-P has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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