Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018

William Patalon III

Having spent the last 30 years observing public companies and their leaders, here’s one important lesson I’ve learned.

Of all the mistakes that corporate CEOs can make, there are two that are nail-down-the-lid-on-your-own-coffin, wipe-yourself-out killers.

Both have to do with emerging “threats” to the company’s core business. Those new “threats” can take a number of different forms. Perhaps it’s a new technology. Or a new rival. Or some sort of societal change that structurally changes customer wants, needs or tastes.

With any of those options, you’re talking about a change in the company’s business landscape.

And how the CEO responds to those threats not only bolsters or slashes his or her company’s stock price – it can also determine whether that firm thrives… or fails.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.(LLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Headquartered in New York City, large cap L3 Technologies Inc (NYSE: LLL) employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows ViaSat, Inc plus mid to large cap communications stockslikeHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc (NYSE: LLL)had been moving in tandem until last yearwhile small cap Gogo Inc has underperformed:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L3 Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LLL) just hosted its investor day and projected that it wants to be considered among the top defense firms. Multiple analysts have raised their target prices. RBC raised its rating to Outperform from Sector Perform and its target price to $239 from $202. Other price target hikes were seen as follows: Cowen to $210 from $200, Jefferies to $201 from $188 and JPMorgan to $220 from $205.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Five teams are expected to compete for the contract: Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has joined with Saab to offer a clean-sheet design; Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has teamed up with BAE Systems and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) on another clean-sheet design; Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) are going with a modified KAI T-50; Raytheon Corp. (NYSE: RTN) has joined with Italy’s Leonardo and Canada’s CAE Inc. (NYSE: CAE) on a version of Leonardo’s M-346 trainer that it calls the T-100; and privately held Sierra Nevada has partnered with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) on another clean-sheet design.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Sapiens International Corporation N.V.(SPNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Motorola Solutions, Inc.(MSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive albeit sometimes bumpy performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) has fallen in and out of negative territory:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2015:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Qualcomm breaking even whilepotential peers Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) have performed better albeit they have seen their share of volatility:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows large caps Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI) giving roughly the same positive performance whileQualcomm, Inc (NASDAQ: QCOM) began going in the other directionaround 2014/2015:

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Apple Inc.(AAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Virendra Singh Chauhan]

    The iPhone 8 Super Cycle, due to start with the expected launch of the new iPhone in September 2018, has been talked about a lot. There has been a lot of hype among Apple analysts and investors alike. A couple of recent analyst notes come to mind in this context. RBC capital recently added AAPL stock to its top tech stock picks for 2017. As reported by IBD, RBC analysts Amit Daryani and Mitch Stevessaid “The iPhone 8 could trigger a supercycle given the aging installed base of iPhones in use.” This came closely on Gene Munster’s last AAPL note from the desks of Piper Jaffray. The departing Apple analyst expects the iPhone 7 unit growth to come in higher than consensus while predicting next year’s iPhone model to be “compelling enough to sustain high single-digit to low double-digit unit growth,” as reported by Bloomberg. With major feature updates in store for the loyal Apple fan base, it is reasonable that the iPhone 8 will fly off the shelves, faster than ever. Add to this the fact that the 8 models could rake in higher ASPs and higher profit margins and the positive impact on Apple’s largest revenue segment becomes hard to ignore. (See also: An Unexpected Catalyst For Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone 8 Super Cycle)

  • [By Kumar Abhishek]

    Since its near-death experience in the 1990s, Cupertino-basedtech giant Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL),which is one of the greatest cash machinesin corporate history, has been rather conservative when it came to its finances and balance sheet. The MacBook maker had hardly any debt on its balance sheet throughout Steve Jobs’ second stint as its CEO, and invested all its cash in highly liquid U.S treasuries. Apple Inc was also very conservative in rewarding investors through dividends and stock buybacks. Back in 2010, Reuters published an article titled “Cash-rich Apple’s CFO may have world’s best job” describing Apple’s conservative financial practices.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) both recently introduced their mobile payment systems, Apple Pay and Android Pay, in Japan, where the technology has been in use for a dozen years. In 2015, mobile payments accounted for $44 billion in sales in Japan.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    The company’s robots sort, paint, fill, and count everything from trucks, to medicine, to ketchup for big-name customers like General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM). The company is also a key Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) supplier.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    Autonomous vehicles is another segment of the auto industry that Trump is expected to attack. Why? Well if autonomous vehicles gain traction in the years ahead, the US economy is looking at massive job losses. Remember, all this industry will have to see here will be a hesitancy on the government’s part for approving this technology for the future investments to disappear. The technology is definitely there as illustrated by companies such as Alphabet (NSDQ:GOOGL)and Apple (NSDQ:AAPL)which are developing the software, but that is only one piece of the puzzle.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI) has been on a huge run, and a director at the chip company took advantage by selling a block of 50,000 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $83.00 to $83.50. The total of the sale was set at $4 million. The shares ended Friday at $83.26, in a 52-week trading range is $52.17 to $84.24. The consensus price target is $89.42.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Chips from Texas Instruments (TXN) are built into a lot of devices that matter, Cramer said, and if investors want autonomous vehicles, they should be looking at Analog Devices (ADI) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was not bullish on Campbell Soup (CPB) , which also reports Tuesday, but did have good things to say about Tech Data (TECD) , Analog Devices (ADI) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    If you think that Apple still has room to run, you should also check out three of its top suppliers — Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS), Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), and Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS) — which could all be lifted by the tech giant’s rally.

Best Tech Stocks To Watch For 2018: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:

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