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Tech heavyweight Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) continues to struggle with its turnaround amid a stagnant PC market and stillborn attempts to diversify into tablets and cellphones. UBS recently cut its price target on the stock, expecting lower earnings guidance out of HPQ’s Oct. 9 analyst meeting.

As the turnaround gets tougher, CEO Meg Whitman is backing off of revenue growth prospects for 2014 and notes that recent management changes will take time to have a positive impact.

For now, HPQ shares are looking vulnerable as they melt below their 200-day moving average.

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