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Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019

My own portfolio holds shares of both memory-chip maker Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and PC/server processor giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). I’m hardly alone in pairing these stocks, since many investors in the semiconductor industry find reasons to believe in both businesses.

But which one should you pick if you’re looking for chip stocks today and only have room for a single ticker?

Let’s have a look.

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By the numbers, Micron is the clear winner

Comparing Intel’s and Micron’s financial data and market returns side by side, it’s almost impossible to pick Intel.

Intel’s earnings have grown by an annual average of 7.8% over the last five years while revenues rose 3.3% per year. Micron’s earnings skyrocketed 44% on average, while top-line sales grew by 20% per year. Intel’s share price has gained a respectable 64% in three years, just ahead of the S&P 500’s 51% increase. Micron’s stock price tripled over the same period. Even after that huge spike in share prices, Micron’s stock still trades at bargain-basement valuations — it can be bought for 5.7 times the company’s trailing free cash flows and 4.6 times trailing earnings. Intel’s cash flow valuation stands at 29 times trailing results, next to a trailing P/E ratio of 11.8.

So Micron’s business is growing faster, investors are booking some massive gains, and the stock still looks extremely cheap. It’s not easy to find single-digit P/E ratios tied to market-leading tech giants. So from a purely numerical perspective, Micron is the obvious choice.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: The Rubicon Project, Inc.(RUBI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Rubicon Project (NYSE:RUBI) was upgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued on Wednesday.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Rubicon Project (NYSE: RUBI) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Rubicon Project to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    The Rubicon Project Inc (NYSE:RUBI) saw unusually-high trading volume on Wednesday . Approximately 1,541,600 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 150% from the previous session’s volume of 615,518 shares.The stock last traded at $3.22 and had previously closed at $2.90.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Autodesk, Inc.(ADSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) updated its third quarter earnings guidance on Thursday. The company provided EPS guidance of $0.24-0.28 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $0.28. The company issued revenue guidance of $635-645 million, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $634.01 million.Autodesk also updated its FY19 guidance to $0.87-0.95 EPS.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) fell 27.8 percent to $10.45 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter. The company also lowered its FY18 sales outlook from $358million-$368 million to $345 million-$352 million.
    Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIBB) shares fell 15.6 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: RMTI) fell 15.5 percent to $5.02 in the pre-market trading session after the company disclosed that its President and CEO Robert Chioini was terminated.
    BG Staffing Inc (NYSE: BGSF) shares fell 12.7 percent to $19.00 in pre-market trading after reporting a common stock offering.
    8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) fell 9.3 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited (NASDAQ: APWC) fell 7.7 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after rising 3.88 percent on Thursday.
    Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) shares fell 7.5 percent to $30.49 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat earnings for its first quarter on Thursday. Comps were up 1 percent in the quarter.
    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) fell 6.4 percent to $33.91 in pre-market trading.
    Buckle Inc (NYSE: BKE) fell 4.9 percent to $24.50 in pre-market trading following weak quarterly sales.
    China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF) shares fell 4.9 percent to $3.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.53 percent on Thursday.
    Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) fell 4.8 percent to $78.98 in pre-market trading. Ross Stores reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak forecast for the current quarter.
    Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) shares fell 4.7 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading after the company reported pricing of common

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) had its price objective upped by equities researchers at Griffin Securities from $165.00 to $170.00 in a report released on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the software company’s stock. Griffin Securities’ price target points to a potential upside of 8.14% from the company’s previous close.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Progress Software (NASDAQ: ADSK) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    In this segment from the Motley Fool Money podcast, host Chris Hill is joined by Jason Moser of Million Dollar Portfolio, David Kretzmann of Hidden Gems Canada, and Aaron Bush of Motley Fool Rule Breakers to discuss the stocks on their radar. Find out why National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) have piqued their interest.

  • [By ]

    The hot list:

    Align Technology (ALGN) (+22% revenue growth estimate) Amazon (AMZN) (+22%) Autodesk (ADSK) (+27%) Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) (+34%) Concho Resources (CXO) (+30%) Facebook (FB) (+27%) Netflix (NFLX) (+25%) Pentair (PNR) (+22%) Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) (+22)

    “Firms with high revenue growth should outperform the S&P 500 during the next 12 months as the index climbs by 6% to our target of 2875,” says Kostin. 

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Advantest Corporation (Kabushiki Kaisha Advantest) ADS(ATE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Antibe Therapeutics Inc (CVE:ATE) Director Nicolas Bourgeois bought 100,000 shares of Antibe Therapeutics stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 18th. The shares were acquired at an average price of C$0.26 per share, for a total transaction of C$26,000.00.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.(CCRN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Thursday morning.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Cross Country Healthcare (CCRN)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN)‘s stock had its “hold” rating restated by equities research analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald in a report issued on Wednesday. They currently have a $10.00 target price on the business services provider’s stock. Cantor Fitzgerald’s price target points to a potential downside of 15.68% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Cross Country Healthcare (NASDAQ:CCRN) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Thursday.

    Several other brokerages have also commented on CCRN. Lake Street Capital lowered shares of Cross Country Healthcare from a buy rating to a hold rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $16.00 to $11.00 in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Barrington Research reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Cross Country Healthcare in a research report on Tuesday, May 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Cross Country Healthcare from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on shares of Cross Country Healthcare from $11.50 to $9.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lowered shares of Cross Country Healthcare from an outperform rating to a market perform rating and set a $13.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Cross Country Healthcare currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $13.14.

Top Tech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Bazaarvoice, Inc.(BV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV) entered the market quietly in its initial public offering (IPO). The stock initially saw a slight gain compared to the announced pricing but quickly fell flat.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Below is Renaissance Capital’s list of the second quarter’s 10 largest IPOs ranked by deal size. We’ve also included the stock’s first-day pop (or decline) and its return as of the most recent close. Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) is not included because its IPO was a direct offering that did not raise any new cash. Spotify shares popped nearly 13% on the April offering date, and the return to date is 27%.

    AXA Equitable Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EQH): $2.75 billion; first-day pop of 1.7%; return to date: 1.3% GreenSky LLC (NASDAQ: GSKY): $874 million: pop of 1.6%; return of −7.9% BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BJ): $638 million; pop and return of 29.4% DocuSign Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU): $629 million; pop of 37.0%; return of 83.0% Pivotal Software Inc. (NYSE: PVTL): $555 million; pop of 5.0%; return of 71.0% GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE: EAF): $525 million; decline of 3.7%; return of 23.0% BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV): $469 million; decline of 2.7%; return of −2.7% Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NYSE: CDAY): $462 million; pop of 42.0%; return of 55.0% Essential Properties Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: EPRT): $455 million; decline of 2.6%; return of −3.6% PluralSight Inc. (NASDAQ: PS): $311 million; pop of 33.0%; return of 61.0%

    Looking ahead to the third quarter, Renaissance Capital notes 65 companies currently in the IPO pipeline looking to raise $11 billion. Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is the both the largest potential IPO ($500 million) and the largest based on trailing 12-month sales ($7.23 billion). The pipeline is again heavy on health care offerings (11), industrials (five), financials (five) and, in a bit of a comeback, energy (four).

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribers]

    BrightView Holdings Inc  (NYSE:BV)Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 07, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV) raised $469 million selling 21.3 million shares at $22, the low end of the expected range. Shares dropped 3% on the first day of trading and closed the week flat.