Hewlett-Packard Beats Targets

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After the close of trading Wednesday, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) posted 36 cents, vs. 24 cents, fourth-quarter earnings per share (excluding one-time items) -- beating analysts' estimates by a penny per share. The computer maker's revenue rose 10% to $1.98 billion. H-P said it expects to post 35 cents first-quarter EPS (pro forma) on sales between $19.1 billion and $19.5 billion.

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