Top 5 Tech Companies To Buy Right Now

A second day of no economic news to speak of is taking its toll again on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) . Though the index was boosted early in trading, with gains topping out at 64 points, it has since fallen, waffling between gains and losses. Investors may be sending the Dow mixed signals as they wait to hear Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testify before Congress tomorrow. Luckily for the index, it’s got some support from within to push it higher.

The Bernanke factor
During a lean week of economic news, it’s no wonder that Wall Street is waiting to hear what Bernanke says to Congress about the state of the economy. Speculation about the slowdown of the current stimulus policy is running rampant as more and more signs point to members of the Federal Open Market Committee being in favor of cutting back.

Top 5 Tech Companies To Buy Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)

Google Inc. maintains an index of Web sites and other online content for users, advertisers, and Google network members and other content providers. It offers AdWords, an auction-based advertising program; AdSense program, which enables Web sites that are part of the Google Network to deliver ads from its AdWords advertisers; Google Display, a display advertising network that comprises the videos, text, images, and other interactive ads; DoubleClick Ad Exchange, a real-time auction marketplace for the trading of display ad space; and YouTube that provides video, interactive, and other ad formats for advertisers. The company also provides Google Mobile that optimizes Google?s applications for mobile devices in browser and downloadable form; and enables advertisers to run search ad campaigns on mobile devices, as well as Google Local that provides local information on the Web; and Google Boost for small businesses to participate in the ads auction. In addition, it offers And roid, an open source mobile software platform; Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system; Google Chrome, a Web browser; Google TV, a platform for the consumers to use the television and the Internet on a single screen; and Google Books platform to discover, search, and consume content from printed books online. Further, the company provides Google Apps, a cloud computing suite of message and collaboration tools, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites; Google Search Appliance that offers real-time search of business and intranet applications, and public Web sites; Google Site Search, a custom search engine; Google Commerce Search for online retail enterprises; Google Checkout to make online shopping and payments streamlined and secure; Google Maps Application Programming Interface; and Google Earth Enterprise, a firewall software solution for imagery and data visualization. Google Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tom Taulli]

    However, investors should still be cautious. Let’s face it, there are a variety of cloud companies that could be vulnerable to disruption, such as the ad tech space. Competition is intense, with mega players like Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) putting enormous pressure on competitors. Oh, and Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) have recently launched their own offerings. (I noted the impact of all this in a post on Millennial Media (MM), which has imploded.)

  • [By WWW.DAILYFINANCE.COM]

    Achmad Ibrahim/APBlackBerry CEO John Chen speaks at the launch of the new Blackberry Z3 smartphone in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday. BlackBerry (BBRY) launched a low-cost touchscreen device in Jakarta, the Z3, as the embattled smartphone maker looks to revive sales in emerging markets like Indonesia where its once-fervent following has shriveled. The handset, unveiled at a glitzy launch event in the Indonesian capital Tuesday, is the first in a line of devices being made with FIH Mobile, a unit of the giant Taiwanese Foxconn Technology Group best known for assembling gadgets like iPhones and iPads for Apple (AAPL). The success of the handset retailing for less than $200 could well decide the outcome of both BlackBerry’s tie-up with the contract manufacturing giant and its own future in smartphones. The Z3 Jakarta Edition will hit store shelves on May 15. “If this device allows them to grow again, even if it’s just small, steady growth, that’s a success in itself. That says there is still room for BlackBerry in Indonesia,” said Ryan Lai, market analyst at consultancy IDC. The Z3 is the first phone to be launched by BlackBerry since new Chief Executive Officer John Chen took the helm late last year. After Indonesia it will be gradually introduced in six other countries including the Philippines, India, Vietnam and Malaysia. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry hopes that the device and others to follow will help it claw back some of the collapse in its market share, ceded to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics’ line of Galaxy devices powered by Googles (GOOG) Android operating system. “If the market doesn’t receive this product well, then we definitely have some negative issues to deal with,” Chen said at the launch at Jakarta’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. BlackBerry said it doesn’t have an official sales target for the device, but Chen said he expects to sell millions of Z3 handsets around the world, without disclosing further details. Market-Share Slide

Top 5 Tech Companies To Buy Right Now: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Amgen Inc., a biotechnology medicines company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology for grievous illnesses primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company markets recombinant protein therapeutics in supportive cancer care, nephrology, and inflammation. Its principal products include Aranesp and EPOGEN erythropoietic-stimulating agents that stimulate the production of red blood cells; Neulasta and NEUPOGEN to stimulate the production of neutrophils, which is a type of white blood cell that helps the body to fight infections; and Enbrel, an inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor that plays a role in the body?s response to inflammatory diseases. The company also markets other products comprising Sensipar/Mimpara, a small molecule calcimimetic that lowers serum calcium levels; Vectibix, a monoclonal antibody that binds specifically to the epidermal growth factor receptor; and Nplate, a thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist that mimics endogenous TPO, the primary driver of platelet production. In addition, it provides Denosumab, a human monoclonal antibody that targets RANKL, an essential regulator of osteoclasts. Further, the company offers product candidates in mid-to-late stage development in a variety of therapeutic areas, including oncology, hematology, inflammation, bone, nephrology, cardiovascular, and general medicine consisting of neurology. It markets its products to healthcare providers, including physicians or their clinics, dialysis centers, hospitals, and pharmacies; consumers; and wholesale distributors of pharmaceutical products. The company has various collaborative arrangements with Pfizer Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited; Array BioPharma Inc.; Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. Ltd.; and Cytokinetics, Inc. Amgen Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Who’d have thunk it? After lagging for much of the year, Gilead Sciences (GILD) is now outperforming the other big biotech stocks like Amgen (AMGN) and Biogen Idec (BIIB).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Celgene gained 0.6% to $142.06 today, even as Amgen (AMGN) dropped 2% to 111.41, Biogen (BIIB) fell 3.1% to $285.81 and the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) declined 3.9% to $124.37, extending its losing streak to three days. Gilead Sciences (GILD) dipped 0.2% to $73.90, ending a nine-day winning streak

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    All good things must come to an end. And so it is with the S&P 500′s six-day winning streak, as AT&T (T), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), International Game Technology (IGT), Amgen (AMGN) and Netflix (NFLX) helped lead the market lower.

Top 5 Tech Companies To Buy Right Now: Autobytel Inc.(ABTL)

Autobytel Inc. operates as an automotive marketing services company in the United States. It assists automotive retail dealers and manufacturers to market and sell new and used vehicles to consumers through its online purchase request referrals, dealer marketing products and services, and online advertising programs and data products. The company provides vehicle purchase request programs, including new vehicle purchase request program, which allows consumers to submit requests for pricing and availability of specific makes and models; used vehicle purchase request program that allows consumers to search for used vehicles according to specific search parameters, such as the price, make, model, mileage, year, and location of the vehicle; and finance purchase request program designed to provide consumers the opportunity to obtain vehicle financing and other services from dealers or finance institutions. Its network of company-owned consumer-facing automotive Websites compris e Autobytel.com, which provide consumers the information and tools to aid them with their automotive purchase decisions and the ability to submit inquiries requesting dealers to contact the consumers for purchasing or leasing vehicles. In addition, the company provides products and services that assist dealers in connecting with in-market consumers and closing vehicle sales. The company, formerly known as Autobytel.com Inc., was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Anna Prior]

    Autobytel Inc.(ABTL) raised its first-quarter revenue estimate as it incorporates its recently completed acquisition of AutoUSA. Shares rose 3.9% to $12.50 premarket.

  • [By Jake L’Ecuyer]

    Leading and Lagging Sectors
    In trading on Wednesday, cyclical consumer goods & services shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.41 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in energy sector included Autobytel (NASDAQ: ABTL), with shares up 20.6 percent, and VisionChina Media (NASDAQ: VISN), with shares up 15.5 percent.

  • [By Louis Navellier]

    Here are some candidates for some “best of the best” stock picks that should do well and help lead you to a profitable 2014.

    ‘Best of the Best’ Stock Picks #1: Autobytel (ABTL)

    Autobytel (ABTL) is an automotive marketing services company that helps dealers find customers through its online referral services. ABTL provides vehicle lead programs, including new vehicle search, which essentially allows you and I to submit requests for things like price and availability of specific makes and models of different automobiles. Autobytel also has a used vehicle lead program that allows people to similarly search for used cars.

Top 5 Tech Companies To Buy Right Now: Iron Mountain Incorporated(IRM)

Iron Mountain Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides information management services primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers records management services, including records management program development and implementation based on best-practices to help customers comply with specific regulatory requirements; implementation of policy-based programs that feature storage for various media comprising paper; flexible retrieval access and retention management; hybrid services to help organizations gain control over their paper records; and specialized services for vital records and regulated industries, such as healthcare, energy, government, and financial services. It also provides data protection and recovery services, such as disaster preparedness; off-site vaulting of data backup media for data recovery in the event of a disaster, human error, or virus; online backup and recovery solutions for desktop and la ptop computers, and remote servers; and technology escrow services to protect and manage source code and other proprietary information. In addition, the company offers information destruction services that primarily consist of physical secure shredding operations; and is involved in the shredding of sensitive documents to third-party recyclers. Further, it provides fulfillment services that assemble custom marketing packages and orders, as well as provide reporting on customer marketing literature inventories; and professional consulting services to develop and implement comprehensive records and information management programs. Iron Mountain Incorporated serves commercial, legal, banking, health care, accounting, insurance, entertainment, and government organizations. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Think of Iron Mountain (IRM) as any heavy metal band after Nirvana broke in 1991. Suddenly, a way of playing music that had been wildly successful was looked at as an anachronism and bands like Metallica cut their hair, wore flannel and did just about anything they could think of to fit in in a changed world.

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    That’s Iron Mountain today. It has a business that was once fantastic–storing paper files for corporations. But in a digital world, that business is passé, even if it still brings in tons of money. Sure, Iron Mountain is doing everything it can to change its stripes–offering digital services, trying to morph into a REIT–but Iron Mountain is still what it is.

    And that’s a struggling business.

    On Friday, Iron Mountain released financial results and promptly fell 4.3%, as its earnings and revenue were in line with analyst forecasts but Iron Mountain’s North American storage growth turned negative, perhaps for the first time ever, notes Jefferies’ Dan Dolev and Trevor Young.

    So what now? Dolev and Young don’t think emerging markets can fix what ails Iron Mountain:

    It was encouraging to see international storage internal growth decelerate only slightly (-20bps to +6.3%) as it faced +70bps tougher compares…Is the strength sustainable? We are hopeful, but are not holding our breath given that 1) 4Q storage internal growth in developed international markets (e.g. Western Europe) was already below the FY average (+2.2% vs. +2.5% for the FY), and 2) although 4Q EM storage internal growth accelerated (+13.4% vs. +13.2% for the FY), history suggests that EMs can skip decades of technology evolution and upgrade directly to the newest technology (e.g. smartphones in China).

    Dolev and Young also doubt Iron Mountain’s M&A strategy. They explain why:

    With FY13 global storage internal growth 3x slower than during the Great Re

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Iron Mountain’s (IRM) story is now well known. Beset by a secular decline in its paper storage business, Iron Mountain has bet that a conversion into a real-estate investment trust can cure what ails it, by attracting investors interested in its potential yield. The IRS hasn’t seemed too willing to let Iron Mountain become a REIT, but the fact that it could is most likely all that stands in the way of the stock and a lower share price. And so Iron Mountain remains range bound, as investors wait to see what the IRS will do.

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    But maybe even the REIT conversion won’t be the savior Iron Mountain–and its investors–hope it will be. Jefferies’ Dan Dolev and team explain:

    The outcome of the IRS’ ruling is difficult to predict, but our analysis shows a potentially more muted upside and a bigger downside than many believe. A favorable ruling could trigger a short squeeze, somewhat offset by Event Driven Hedge Funds liquidating. An influx of REIT investors is possible, but our analysis shows that many already own [Iron Mountain]. Alternatively, an adverse ruling could steer attention back to weakening fundamentals, potentially leading to the P/E’s of IRM (24x) and Recall (13x) converging.

    Given an already tentative adverse ruling, the bar is high for [Iron Mountain] to convince the IRS that its racking structures are indeed real estate. The IRS would have to ignore its 1975 revenue ruling that it has relied on heavily for nearly 40 years. Even if [Iron Mountain] became a REIT, there is still no guarantee that REIT dedicated investors would buy the stock, especially given rising secular concerns.

    Shares of Iron Mountain have dropped 2.1% to $25.86 at 3:47 p.m.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Iron Mountain (IRM) has bet heavily that it’s conversion to a real-estate investment trust would arrest its declining share price. But Don’t count on a permanent benefit without major changes, according to a Jefferies report released today.

    Jefferies’ Dan Dolev and Trevor Young explain:

    For many years, the durability of IRM’s paper storage business (74% of GP) has made it synonymous with stability, but our proprietary survey highlighting a dramatic decline in paper storage intentions is concerning. Data centers are a step in the right direction, but to ensure long-term viability, IRM needs a comprehensive plan to diversify away from storing paper…

    REIT status does not affect fundamentals, but a 2x dividend could bring short-term respite to the shares. Only the IRS knows if IRM would become a REIT; however, if it does, the stock would surely rise on the prospects of a $2+ dividend (~2x C-corp.).

    Dolev and Young started Iron Mountain with a Hold rating and a $27 price target. Shares of Iron Mountain have dropped 1.7% to $29 today at 2:41 p.m.

  • [By Jonathan Yates]

    But it’s events like the Missouri accident that should focus industry and investor attention on Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM).

    Operating in the business software and services sector, along with other firms like Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), CA Inc (NASDAQ: CA) and Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS), Iron Mountain is the premier company in pipeline record management. Iron Mountain plays a critical role in preventing pipeline disasters, maintaining the infrastructure and in overall risk control. The position that Iron Mountain has in the energy network will increase in scale and importance as the use of natural gas increases.

Top 5 Tech Companies To Buy Right Now: MedAssets Inc.(MDAS)

MedAssets, Inc. provides technology enabled products and services for hospitals, health systems, and other non-acute healthcare providers in the United States. It operates in two segments, Spend and Clinical Resource Management, and Revenue Cycle Management. The Spend and Clinical Resource Management offers a suite of cost management services, supply chain analytics, and data capabilities; medical device and clinical resource consulting, which includes implantable physician preference items, utilization management, and service line consulting; supply chain outsourcing and procurement services; capital equipment lifecycle management; lean process and workforce optimization solutions; process improvement consulting; business intelligence tools; and performance analytics and data management tools, such as service line analytics, spend analytics and strategic information services, e-commerce, client master item file services, electronic contract portfolio catalog, and decision support services. The Revenue Cycle Management segment provides a suite of products and services spanning the revenue cycle workflow from patient access and financial responsibility; case management, coding, and documentation; charge capture and revenue integrity; strategic pricing; claims processing; denials management and reimbursement integrity; revenue cycle and supply chain integration; revenue recovery and accounts receivable management; and outsourced services. It delivers technology-enabled solutions primarily through the company-hosted software, software-as-a-service, or Web-based applications. As of December 31, 2011, the company served approximately 4,200 acute care hospitals and 100,000 ancillary or non-acute provider locations. MedAssets, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse, Insider Monkey]

    Fundamentally, ADT looks appealing. Its stock trades at 16.5 times the company’s earnings, versus an industry average of 29.4x, while it boasts industry leading margins and above average returns on equity and assets. However, above-average debt levels are concerning, so its financial standing must be further analyzed.

    MedAssets (MDAS)

    The second company in this list is MedAssets (MDAS), a $1.37 billion market cap provider of technology-enabled products and services.