Automaker Selects H-P Solution and 4 High Demand Stocks in Focus

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) made an announcement that French automaker Renault S.A. chose an HP Utility Services solution for support of the development of innovative new telematics services for its electric cars. Because of its alliance with Nissan, Renault is the fourth-largest automotive group globally, and it is a leader in zero emission transportation. Renault and Nissan have worked together to make large investments in developing electric cars, Lithium-ion batteries, and advanced telematics services. Renault chose HP Enterprise Cloud Services Utility Services for the hosting of its European IT infrastructure along with management of its technical applications, which delivers the correct computing capacity and allows the company to have more flexibility to meet its business needs at minimum cost. This pay-as-you-go financial model lowers Renault’s capital investment while ensuring that continuing costs are predictable. The flexible model allows for frequent adjustments for the support projected growth, and aligns with the service level agreements and high levels of security expected by Renault.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): U.S. safety regulators are considering an investigation into throttle problems that could be present in older Ford Escapes, the concern and possible investigation began at the request of a consumer group. The nonprofit North Carolina Consumers Council requested that federal regulators investigate two complaints from drivers claiming that the SUV either stalled or surged forward. The government is to look at 1.6 million Escapes from the 2005 to 2012 model years. If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes a decision to begin a formal investigation, it may cause a recall of some of the SUVs.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stated that it would sell 400 million Windows 8 devices by July 1. These numbers seem unreal, but Keith Lorizio, Microsoft Vice President of U.S. Sales & Marketing, claimed in an interview with Beet.TV that the estimate is conservative. This will be only nine months after the release of Windows 8 on October 26.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) continues its dominance in the large computer processor market, and it has almost four fifths market share in the microprocessor segment. On Friday, the company came back from its six month low, and it hopes to keep growing over the coming weeks.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) ended its sales partnership with the Chinese firm ZTE Corp. (ZTCOY) after there was an internal investigation due to allegations stating that ZTE Corp. sold Cisco networking gear to Iran, according to Reuters.

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