| HP is a provider of personal computing and other access devices, imaging and printing products, and related technologies, solutions and services. Co.'s segments are: Personal Systems, which provides commercial and consumer desktop and notebook personal computers, workstations, thin clients, commercial mobility devices, retail point-of-sale systems, displays and other related accessories, software, support and services; Printing, which provides consumer and commercial printer hardware, supplies, services and solutions; and Corporate Investments, which includes HP Labs and certain business incubation and investment projects. We show 47 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our HPQ shares outstanding history coverage, used to compute HPQ market cap on those dates.|
Understanding the changing numbers of shares outstanding, the changing
share price, and the resulting changing HP market cap history over the course of time is important for investors
interested in comparing HP's market cap history versus its peers.
Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies,
and then calculating their respective market caps. Comparing the share price of HP versus a peer is one thing; comparing
HP market cap versus a peer is a completely different story.
Furthermore, via fluctuation both in per-share price and in the number of shares outstanding (via issuance of new shares over time, the repurchase of existing shares),
the market cap for a company like HP can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching HP by allowing them to research the HP market cap history.