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HP stock

1.What is the Hewlett-Packard Company's stock symbol (ticker)?
2.What exchanges does HP stock trade on?
3.How do I buy HP stock?
4.Does HP have a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?
5.How many shares of HP stock are outstanding?
6.What is HP's fiscal year and corresponding earnings release dates?
7.Does HP typically pay a cash dividend?
8.Will there be a stock split?
9.I am a potential investor. How do I get an HP Investor pack?
10.What year was HP incorporated?
11.When was HP's initial public offering (IPO)?
12.Whom should I contact regarding my stock certificate(s)?


Shareholder information

13.When was the last annual shareholder meeting?
14.Have you issued preferred stock?
15.As a Compaq shareowner, will I be able to trade the HP common stock that I receive in connection with the merger?
16.How do I contact HP's transfer agent?
17.What is a transfer agent?
18.How do I change my address on my account?
19.How do I contact HP Investor Relations?
20.Can HP shareholders receive discounts when purchasing HP products?


Stock splits

21.Why does stock split?
22.How does a 2-for-1 stock split actually work?
23.Has HP's stock ever split? How many times?
24.What is the effective date of the split?
25.How will I receive my additional shares?
26.Where were my shares mailed?
27.How do I contact the Stock Transfer Agent?


Financial data

28.When is the next earnings release?
29.Can individual investors listen to the earnings conference call with analysts?
30.What is HP's fiscal year and corresponding earnings release dates?
31.Does HP issue quarterly reports?
32.How do I get a copy of the Annual Report?
33.How can I get a copy of your SEC filings?
34.Where can I find historical HP financial information?


Board of directors and company organization

35.Who are the members of HP's board of directors?
36.How is HP organized?

HP stock

1.What is the Hewlett-Packard Company's stock symbol (ticker)?
HPQ

2.What exchanges does HP stock trade on?
HP common shares are traded on the New York Stock under the ticker symbol HPQ.

3.How do I buy HP stock?
HP stock may be purchased from just about any brokerage firm, including discount or online brokerage services. We also recommend that you visit Sharebuilder.com. At this time, HP does not have a direct purchase program.

4.Does HP have a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?
Yes. You can find more information on our web site at DRIP or request that information be sent to you from our Printed Materials Request page.

5.How many shares of HP stock are outstanding?
HP has approximately 2 billion shares outstanding. This number can be found on the cover of the annual Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

6.What is HP's fiscal year and corresponding earnings release dates?
HP's fiscal year runs from November 1 to October 31. Historically, we have released earnings in mid-February, May, August and November.

7.Does HP typically pay a cash dividend?
Yes, HP currently pays a $0.1452 per share dividend on its common stock on a quarterly basis. To view the dividend history

8.Will there be a stock split?
Stock splits occur at the discretion of HP's Board of Directors. To view the stock split history Stock Split. Please refer to the questions on stock splits below for more information.

9.I am a potential investor. How do I get an HP Investor pack?
Please visit our Printed Materials Request page and select Investor Kit.

10.What year was HP incorporated?
HP first incorporated in California in 1947 and reincorporated in Delaware in 1998.

11.When was HP's initial public offering (IPO)?
HP's initial public offering was on November 6, 1957, at $16.00 per share.

12.Whom should I contact regarding my stock certificate(s)?
Please refer any questions regarding stock certificates, unpaid dividends, address changes for your account, or share transfers to our Transfer Agent:

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64874
South St. Paul, MN 55164-0874
800-286-5977 - U.S. callers
651-450-4064 - non-U.S. callers

Shareholder information

13.When was the last annual shareholder meeting?
Please refer to the calendar of events

14.Have you issued preferred stock?
No. HP has never issued preferred stock.

15.As a Compaq shareowner, will I be able to trade the HP common stock that I receive in connection with the merger?
The shares of HP common stock issued in connection with the merger will be freely tradable, unless you are an affiliate of Compaq, and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Exchange. Generally, persons who are deemed to be affiliates of Compaq must comply with Rule 145 under the Securities Act of 1933 if they wish to sell or otherwise transfer any of the shares of HP common stock received in connection with the merger. You will be notified if you are an affiliate of Compaq. For more information, please see our list of frequently asked questions about the Compaq share exchange.

16.How do I contact HP's transfer agent?
Please refer any questions regarding stock certificates, unpaid dividends, address changes for your account, or share transfers to our Transfer Agent:

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64874
South St. Paul, MN 55164-0874
800-286-5977 - U.S. callers
651-450-4064 - non-U.S. callers

17.What is a transfer agent?
A transfer agent and registrar for a publicly held company keeps records of every outstanding stock certificate and the name of the person to whom it is registered. When stock changes hands, the transfer agent transfers the ownership of the stock from the seller's name to the buyer's name. The registrar reconciles all transfer records and makes sure that the number of shares debited is equal to the number of shares credited. HP's transfer agent is Wells Fargo Shareowner Services.

The transfer agent does not maintain records of shares bought and sold through brokerage accounts and held in "street name." Those records are maintained by the specific brokerages through which the shares are bought and sold.

18.How do I change my address on my account?
If you own shares through a brokerage firm, you need to contact the brokerage firm directly to change your account address. If you're a registered shareholder you need to contact HP's transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services at:

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64874
South St. Paul, MN 55164-0874
800-286-5977 - U.S. callers
651-450-4064 - non-U.S. callers

19.How do I contact HP Investor Relations?
You may contact HP Investor Relations using the online contact form with questions related to HP and HPQ stock.

20.Can HP shareholders receive discounts when purchasing HP products?
No. Please visit HP’s Promotions and Rebates page. http://www.hp.com/united-states/rebateGateway.html?

Stock splits

21.Why does stock split?
A stock split makes the price of the company's stock more affordable and attractive to investors. For some time now the market has demonstrated confidence in HP's current and future performance with an increase in the price of the stock. By splitting the stock and reducing the price, HP is making it possible for more people to invest in the company.

22.How does a 2-for-1 stock split actually work?
A 2-for-1 split means that a new share of stock is issued for each share in existence prior to the split. After the split, each share is worth half of what it was worth immediately prior to the split but the total monetary value of the shares is the same as before the stock split.

Here's an example:
Let us assume that prior to the stock split, a shareholder owned 100 shares of HP common stock and let's also assume that the market price of HP stock was $50 per share, so that the investment in HP was worth $5,000.00. Immediately after the split, the investor will own 200 shares of stock, but the market price will be $25 per share. The investor's total investment value in HP remains the same at $5,000 until the stock price moves up or down.

23.Has HP's stock ever split?
Yes. To view the stock split history: Stock Splits.

24.What is the effective date of the split?
There are several key dates when discussing a stock split:
  • The Record Date determines which shareholders are entitled to receive additional shares due to the split;
  • The Payment (distribution) Date is the date when holders of record or brokers were mailed notification of the shares subject to split; and
  • The Ex Date is the date when HP common shares resume trading at the new split-adjusted price.

25.How will I receive my additional shares?
If you hold a physical stock certificate, you will receive a Direct Registration Transaction Advice for the additional shares you hold as a result of the split. You will have full responsibility of the shares without holding a physical certificate for them. The Direct Registration Transaction Advice is your confirmation; it indicates the number of additional shares as a result of the split. Keep this document with your existing stock certificates and other important documents as a record of your ownership.

If your shares are held in a brokerage account, the new shares will automatically be deposited to your account.

Our stock transfer agent, Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, mails written notice to registered shareholders indicating their split-adjusted shares. If your HP stock is held in a brokerage account, the information is sent directly to your broker.

26.Where were my shares mailed?
If you hold HP stock in your name, you were notified at the address Wells Fargo Shareowner Services has on file. To verify your address you can call Wells Fargo Shareowner Services directly at 800-286-5977 (for U.S. callers) and 651-450-4064 (for non-U.S. callers). If your HP stock was held in a brokerage account, the information was sent directly to your broker.

27.How do I contact the Stock Transfer Agent?
Please refer any questions regarding stock certificates, unpaid dividends, address changes for your account, or share transfers to our Transfer Agent:

Wells Fargo Shareowner Services
P.O. Box 64874
South St. Paul, MN 55164-0874
800-286-5977 - U.S. callers
651-450-4064 - non-U.S. callers

Financial data

28.When is the next earnings release?
Historically, we release earnings in mid-February, May, August and November. Earnings conference calls are audio webcast. Historical earnings releases can be found at our Quarterly results page.

29.Can individual investors listen to the earnings conference call with analysts?
Yes, HP's earnings conference call with analysts is audio webcast live at the time of the call and available for replay following the call. Details on how to access the audio webcast are provided on the Investor Relations homepage in the week prior to earnings.

30.What is HP's fiscal year?
HP's fiscal year runs from November 1 to October 31.

31.Does HP issue quarterly reports?
HP files quarterly reports with the SEC. See SEC Filings for details.

32.How do I get a copy of the Annual Report?
HP’s annual report is available for immediate viewing and downloading on our web site at Annual Reports. You can order a copy of recent financial reports.

33.How can I get a copy of your SEC filings?
Available for viewing and downloading from our web site: SEC Filings

34.Where can I find historical HP financial information?
You can review historical information on our Annual report, Quarterly results, and SEC filings pages.

Board of directors and company organization

35.Who are the members of HP's board of directors?
For more detailed information on the individuals and their biographies, please see HP’s Board of Directors page.

36.How is HP organized?
Please see HP’s About Us page for further information.