Some European nations may be trying to keep their heads above
water, but not all is doom and gloom on the continent. Take the
tech sector. Here is a quick look at seven companies with share
prices that are between 13% and 64% higher than at the beginning
of the year despite recent pull backs. They all trade on U.S.
exchanges and are dividend payers as well.
) share price has pulled back more than 3% from a recent
mulityear high but is still up almost 20% year to date. The
Dublin-based IT giant just announced completion of its
acquisition of a Madrid-based consulting firm. Accenture, a $44.9
billion market cap company, has a return on equity of 62.7% and a
dividend yield of 2.1%. Over the past six months, the stock has
outperformed IBM (NYSE:
) but underperformed the broader markets.
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) is up more than 30% year to date but the share price has pulled
back about 3% since the start of April. This Dutch semiconductor
maker has recovered from substantial losses in 2009 and 2010. It
has a return on equity of 34.8% and a dividend yield of 1.5%. Its
market cap is $2.1 billion. The stock has outperformed rivals
such as Applied Materials (NASDAQ:
) and Novellus (NASDAQ:
) since the beginning of the year.
) saw its share price rise more than 18% to a multiyear high in
March but it has pulled back more than 7% since then. This
British telecom recently announced a deal that would pay down the
deficit in its staff pension fund. The company's market cap is
$27.4 billion and its dividend yield is 3.4%. The PE ratio is 9.6
and the return on equity is 437.5%. The stock has outperformed
the likes of Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:
) over the past six months.
) is more than 24% higher than at the beginning of the year but
has dropped more than 5% in the past week. The German company has
announced a new unit, SAP National Security Services, that will
support national security and intelligence agencies. SAP's market
cap is $80.9 billion and the return on equity is 30.6%. The stock
has outperformed larger competitors IBM, Microsoft (NASDAQ:
) and Oracle (NASDAQ:
) over the past six months.
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) is more than 63% higher year to date but shares have traded
mostly between $26 and $28 since early February. Third-quarter
results are expected to be stellar when Seagate reports earnings
next week. The Dublin-based device maker has an $11.9 billion
market cap, a long-range EPS growth forecast of 36.3% and a
dividend yield of 3.8%. Over the past six months, the stock has
outperformed competitor Western Digital (NYSE:
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) are trading more than 26% higher year to date despite dropping
more than 9% in the past week. The Swiss semiconductor producer
is expected to post a narrow Q1 loss when it reports April 23,
but its long-range EPS growth forecast is 39.2%. It has a market
cap of $6.7 billion and a dividend yield of 5.4%. Year to date,
the stock has outperformed competitors such as Intel (NASDAQ:
) and Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:
) share price is up more than 15% year to date despite pulling
back about 9% in the past month. The Amsterdam-based wireless
provider posted a net loss for the fourth quarter due to
acquisition-related costs. The $14.2 billion market cap company
has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Its long-range EPS growth forecast
is 62.6%. But the stock has underperformed competitor Mobile
Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:
), as well as the broader markets, over the past six months.
Investors interested in non-U.S. tech stocks with healthy
dividends may want to consider the following trades:
- Cellcom Israel (NYSE:
) has a dividend yield of 18.6%.
- Partner Communications (NASDAQ:
) has a dividend yield of 16.5%.
- Telefonica (NYSE:
) has a dividend yield of 13.7%.
- France Telecom (NYSE:
) has a dividend yield of 13.4%.
Traders may prefer to consider these alternative positions
in U.S. tech stocks:
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- CA Technologies (NASDAQ:
) is almost 34% higher year to date.
- Broadcom (NASDAQ:
) is almost 26% higher year to date.
- Agilent Technologies (NYSE:
) is about 25% higher year to date.
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