Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018

Google’s business is humming along despite mounting concerns over data privacy.

Alphabet (GOOGL), the parent company of Google, reported Monday that its profits hit $9.4 billion in the first three months of 2018, up from $5.4 billion a year earlier.

The company’s bottom line was helped by the continued strength of its ad sales business. Google’s sales for the quarter jumped 26% to $31.1 billion. Its ads business accounted for $26.6 billion of that.

Alphabet also benefited from a lower effective corporate tax rate of 11%, compared to 20% a year earlier, thanks tax reform.

The stock was effectively flat in after hours trading following the results.

Google is the first of the major tech platforms to report earnings since news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While the data debacle focused on Facebook (FB), it also upended the stocks of companies like Google and Twitter (TWTR), which primarily make money by collecting personal information and using it to sell targeted ads.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Super Micro Computer, Inc.(SMCI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Biostar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSPM) shares jumped 29.86 percent to close at $2.87 on Friday.
    Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGI) shares gained 28.87 percent to close at $8.75 after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    Mexco Energy Corporation (NYSE: MXC) gained 27.02 percent to close at $5.4744.
    Carbon Black, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLK) climbed 26 percent to close at $23.94. Carbon Black priced its IPO at $19 per share.
    Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTLA) rose 25.64 percent to close at $42.44 after the FDA approved the company's Andexxa, the only antidote indicated for patients treated with rivaroxaban and apixaban.
    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE: NGVC) rose 23.19 percent to close at $8.50 after reporting Q2 results.
    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) shares gained 22.45 percent to close at $31.58 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    Atomera Incorporated (NASDAQ: ATOM) gained 22.31 percent to close at $6.25 after reporting Q1 results.
    Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED) shares jumped 22.27 percent to close at $121.46 after the company reported strong Q1 results and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Jerash Holdings (US), Inc. (NASDAQ: JRSH) gained 20.86 percent to close at $8.46.
    Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P) rose 19.83 percent to close at $6.89 after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) rose 18.01 percent to close at $55.95 on Friday after the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter and raised its FY18 guidance.
    Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) rose 17.73 percent to close at $21.25 after reporting strong preliminary results for the third quarter.
    Schmitt Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMIT) rose 17.41 percent to close at $2.36.
    Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI) shares gained 16.78 percent to close at $12.25 following Q1 earnings.
    Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE: ITGR) shares rose 14.23 percent to close at $63.40 following Q1 result
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the information technology shares rose 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P), up 23 percent, and Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) up 16 percent.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ:SMCI) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Friday.

    A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Super Micro Computer from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. Maxim Group increased their price objective on shares of Super Micro Computer from $45.00 to $50.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $28.14.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the information technology shares rose 1.59 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P), up 23 percent, and Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) up 17 percent.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Arista Networks, Inc.(ANET)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 3rd. The technology company reported $1.66 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.51 by $0.15. The business had revenue of $472.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $463.39 million. Arista Networks had a net margin of 27.19% and a return on equity of 28.72%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 40.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.93 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Arista Networks will post 6.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market finished lower on Friday, with triple-digit losses for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and modest declines of as much as half a percent for other major benchmarks. A mix of economic and political news kept investors on their toes to end the week, as fears of a possible attack on Syria watered down some of the potential upside that could have stemmed from solid earnings results from the banking sector during the morning. Even though many investors have pretty positive expectations going into earnings season, some companies suffered from disappointing news that sent their shares lower. Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET), Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX), and MBIA (NYSE:MBI) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Timothy Green]

    Shares of Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) slumped on Friday after the networking hardware company reported its first-quarter results. While Arista beat analyst estimates for both revenue and earnings, guidance calling for a slowdown in revenue growth and gross margin deterioration seems to have overshadowed an otherwise positive report. As of 11:25 a.m. EDT, Arista stock was down about 9.2%.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Mattersight Corporation(MATR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 22.6 percent to $3.25 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 23.2 percent to $2.65 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) rose 21.2 percent to $5.77 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed a deal to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota from Arkoma, Williston Drilling for about $620 million. The company also announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 13.7 percent to $386.00 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Quantenna Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: QTNA) shares rose 12.6 percent to $14.70 in pre-market trading. Quantenna is expected to release Q1 results on April 30..
    BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 11.1 percent to $37.50 in pre-market trading as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 10.4 percent to $29.00 in pre-market trading after reporting strong Q1 results.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) rose 9.8 percent to $250.00 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 9.4 percent to $10.62 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS) rose 9.1 percent to $7.22 in pre-market trading after the company agreed to be acquired by Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE: TWO).
    GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) rose 8.3 percent to $4.18 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) shares rose 7.6 percent to $251.2
  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Ebix (NASDAQ: EBIX) and Mattersight (NASDAQ:MATR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares gained 86.76 percent to close at $11.00 on Thursday.
    Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares climbed 47.06 percent to close at $7.00 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
    Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: CDAY) gained 41.86 percent to close at $31.21.
    MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares rose 26.5 percent to close at $22.20 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
    Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) jumped 24.92 percent to close at $4.06.
    Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares climbed 23.26 percent to close at $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) rose 24.44 percent to close at $422.50 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
    Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) gained 17.75 percent to close at $18.64 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) rose 16.59 percent to close at $12.30 following Q1 results.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 16.06 percent to close at $15.25.
    Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 14.5 percent to close at $121.42 as the company posted reported Q1 beat And raised FY18 outlook.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares gained 13.7 percent to close at $11.04 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 13.21 percent to close at $3.00 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
    O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) jumped 13.06 percent to close at $257.40 following upbeat Q1 profit.
    BioTelemetry,
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by an affiliate of NICE Ltd.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Nuance Communications Inc.(NUAN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN) had its price objective cut by Stifel Nicolaus from $18.00 to $15.00 in a report issued on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the software maker’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price indicates a potential upside of 15.03% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA) fell 23.4 percent to $5.25 in pre-market trading after a first-quarter earnings miss.
    Hudson Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) shares fell 15.1 percent to $3.48 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 earnings.
    Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) fell 14 percent to $13.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted downbeat Q2 earnings and lowered FY18 organic growth guidance.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) fell 13.2 percent to $3.10 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly results.
    Rowan Companies plc (NYSE: RDC) shares fell 10.7 percent to $14.13 in pre-market trading after climbing 8.50 percent on Wednesday.
    BT Group plc (NYSE: BT) fell 9 percent to $14.80 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q4 results and announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years.
    Exelixis, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXEL) fell 8.3 percent to $19.90 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that IMblaze370 Phase 3 pivotal trial of atezolizumab and cobimetinib in patients with heavily pretreated locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer did not meet primary endpoint.
    Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) fell 8.2 percent to $10.80 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA) shares fell 7.4 percent to $43.00 in pre-market trading. Synaptics reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Randgold Resources Limited (NASDAQ: GOLD) shares fell 7.4 percent to $76.23 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 earnings.
    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART) shares fell 7 percent to $59.36 in pre-market trading. Integra LifeSciences priced its 5.25 million share public offering of common stock at $58.50 per share.
    Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRY) shares fell 6.9 percent to $12.75 in pre-m

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) dropped about 20% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $12.19. Shares closed at $15.28 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $19.49. Volume of around 19 million shares was about nine times the daily average. The company reported indifferent results Wednesday night but cut its outlook for revenue growth.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Cerner Corporation(CERN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) was raised to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) had its price objective decreased by SunTrust Banks to $58.00 in a research report sent to investors on Friday, The Fly reports. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Cerner’s Q1 2018 earnings at $0.55 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.60 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.65 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.64 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) issued an update on its second quarter earnings guidance on Wednesday morning. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $0.59-0.61 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.66. The company issued revenue guidance of $1.31-1.36 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $1.38 billion.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    New York State Teachers Retirement System lifted its holdings in Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) by 1.3% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 460,773 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,011 shares during the quarter. New York State Teachers Retirement System owned 0.14% of Cerner worth $26,725,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Simon Erickson]

    This could be a big win for the electronic health records (EHR) providers, such as athenahealth(NASDAQ:ATHN) andCerner(NASDAQ:CERN). Detailed, interoperable EHRs that can be shared across hospitals will be crucial for maintaining accurate patient records and developing improved treatment routines. That could, in turn, provide better patient outcomes.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: The Descartes Systems Group Inc.(DSGX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ:DSGX) (TSE:DSG) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report issued on Thursday.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Autodesk, Inc.(ADSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    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. 

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA lessened its stake in Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) by 2.9% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 523,354 shares of the software company’s stock after selling 15,426 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA owned 0.24% of Autodesk worth $65,722,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [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.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

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  • [By Neha Chamaria]

    Right now, I believe Mastercard (NYSE:MA), Brookfield Renewable Partners(NYSE:BEP), and XPO Logistics(NYSE:XPO) fall right into place, because each stock has been a multibagger and has strong tailwinds behind it.

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    Card networks Visa (NYSE: V) and Mastercard (NYSE: MA), which benefit from the same tailwinds, aren’t much better, both with minuscule yields of 0.7%.

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    Mastercard Inc. (MA) announced this week that it plans to employ new blockchain specialists in an upcoming hiring round of 175 technology developers, Coindesk reported. The new tech hires will work from Mastercard’s Ireland office, where its research and development business, Mastercard Labs, is headquartered. The company said the aim of the new hires is to further the development of more efficient payment systems. Last September, Mastercard filed a patent for a blockchain system recording purchase orders, invoices and transaction data. Then in November, the company filed another application for blockchain-based solutions aimed at increasing the speed of transaction settlements.

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    In what is becoming old hat for investors, after Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) reported its first-quarter earnings, shares popped on the news even as the rest of the market trended downward. Not only did the payments network beat expectations when it reported its results earlier this month, it also raised its full-year guidance. The jump in share price, of course, was accompanied by another strong performance from the company’s fundamentals.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Textainer Group Holdings Limited(TGH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Textainer Group (NYSE: TGH) is one of 17 public companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Textainer Group to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and valuation.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Textainer Group (NYSE: TGH) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Textainer Group to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Although Textainer Group Holdings Limited (NYSE:TGH) and Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) are both focused on the shipping industry, they go about it in vastly different ways. Both companies were hit hard by industry downturns, but Textainer started to see a notable improvement in its container business in 2017. Teekay’s collection of ship-owning businesses in the energy sector, on the other hand, continued to struggle overall — but signs seem to point to an upturn this year. Which one is the better buy today?

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Shares of Textainer Group stock opened at $17.85 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,019.18, a P/E ratio of 43.54 and a beta of 2.50. Textainer Group has a 1 year low of $9.60 and a 1 year high of $26.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.85, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.28.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Textainer Group (NYSE: TGH) is one of 17 public companies in the “Equipment rental & leasing, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Textainer Group to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: CommVault Systems, Inc.(CVLT)

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    In addition, Elliott Management, which often pushes for M&A and other strategic transactions at targeted companies, made investments in EQT Corp. (EQT) , CommVault Systems Inc. (CVLT) , Sabre Corp. (SABR) , Teradyne Inc. (TER)  and Windstream Holdings Inc. (WIN)