September 5, 2001

Lexmark can live without Compaq

Author: JT Smith

CNET: "For all the bombast from Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer about competing against the likes of IBM, stock
market players on Tuesday decided that the biggest loser in an HP-Compaq merger wouldn't be a seller of PCs,
servers or "big iron" hardware, nor a software peddler, nor a consulting and technology services provider.

Instead, Wall Street turned a collective glare upon the main rival for HP's most profitable division. Shares of printer
maker Lexmark opened Tuesday's trading almost 12 percent below their previous close and finished the regular
session down 9.4 percent on fears that the company would suffer from the defection of one of its leading customers."


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