Stocks to Buy and Sell: Ratings for the Top 50 Tech Stocks

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We are seeing a "tech renaissance" right now, with many information technology, software and personal electronics companies seeing rapid share appreciation in the last 12 months.

It's no secret why: As the world gets more wired, communications have become a necessity and gadgets once thought of as fads are now necessary parts of doing business in the 21st century. I, for one, couldn't imagine getting anything done without my trusty Apple ( AAPL ) iPhone and laptop with me 24/7.

But this bullishness on the entire tech sector can be confusing for investors. Some technology stocks are getting a lot of hype that's deserved, but others are simply being lifted by a rising tide for technology firms right now.


How can you tell the difference? Simple: Follow the fundamentals. My proprietary Portfolio Grader stock-ranking tool runs a fundamental analysis on the top 5,000 Wall Street companies every week. My team of analysts and I sift through the latest earnings forecasts, sales numbers, margin expansion percentages and a host of other figures. Our results are screened based on what's working best on Wall Street right now, and then Portfolio Grader outputs a rating for each company reflected as  a simple letter grade, with A being "strong buy" and F being "strong sell."

Portfolio Grader's stock data is free and can be accessed online here . I strongly encourage you to check it out and screen your own holdings.

But since tech is so hot right now, here's a complete rundown of the 50 biggest tech stocks (ranked by market cap) and how they stack up fundamentally.

Symbol Company Name Subsector Market Cap ( B )

PG Grade

ABB ABB Ltd. Electrical Equipment $51.0

D - Sell

ACN Accenture Plc IT Services $27.3

A - Strong Buy

ATVI Activision Blizzard Inc. Software $15.6

D - Sell

ADBE Adobe Systems Inc. Software $18.6

C - Hold

A Agilent Technologies Inc. Electronic Equipment $11.9

B - Buy

AAPL Apple Inc. Computers & Peripherals $219.1

A - Strong Buy

AMAT Applied Materials Inc. Semiconductors $18.1

D - Sell

ASML ASML Holding N.V. Semiconductors $15.6

B - Buy

ADP Automatic Data Processing IT Services $22.3

D - Sell

BIDU Baidu Inc. Internet Software & Services $21.7

A - Strong Buy

BRCM Broadcom Corp. Semiconductors $17.0

C - Hold

CA CA Inc. Software $11.8

D - Sell

CAJ Canon Inc. Office Electronics $56.8

C - Hold

CSCO Cisco Systems Inc. Communications Equipment $152.5

C - Hold

CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions IT Services $15.4

A - Strong Buy

GLW Corning Inc. Electronic Equipment $30.5

D - Sell

DELL Dell Inc. Computers & Peripherals $31.0

B - Buy

EBAY eBay Inc. Internet Software & Services $34.5

B - Buy

EMC EMC Corp. Computers & Peripherals $38.1

C - Hold

EMR Emerson Electric Co. Electrical Equipment $38.2

C - Hold

ERIC Ericsson ADR Communications Equipment $33.3

D - Sell

GOOG Google Inc. Internet Software & Services $179.9

B - Buy

HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co. Computers & Peripherals $126.5

B - Buy

HIT Hitachi Ltd. Electronic Equipment $13.2

D - Sell

INFY Infosys Technologies Ltd. IT Services $34.8

A - Strong Buy

INTC Intel Corp. Semiconductors $124.5

B - Buy

IBM International Business Machines Computers & Peripherals $168.1

C - Hold

INTU Intuit Inc. Software $10.8

C - Hold

JNPR Juniper Networks Inc. Communications Equipment $16.4

B - Buy

LPL LG Display Co. Ltd.  Electronic Equipment $13.6

C - Hold

MRVL Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Semiconductors $13.1

B - Buy

MA MasterCard Inc. IT Services $33.6

C - Hold

MSFT Microsoft Corp. Software $267.3

A - Strong Buy

MOT Motorola Inc. Communications Equipment $17.1

C - Hold

NTAP NetApp Inc. Computers & Peripherals $12.2

A - Strong Buy

NJ Nidec Corp. Electronic Equipment $14.7

A - Strong Buy

NOK Nokia Corp. ( ADR ) Communications Equipment $55.7

D - Sell

ORCL Oracle Corp. Software $131.0

B - Buy

PAYX Paychex Inc. IT Services $11.3

D - Sell

QCOM QUALCOMM Inc. Communications Equipment $70.6

D - Sell

RIMM Research In Motion Ltd. Communications Equipment $38.9

D - Sell

SAP SAP AG Software $58.1

C - Hold

SYMC Symantec Corp. Software $13.8

C - Hold

TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Manuf. Semiconductors $55.0

D - Sell

TXN Texas Instruments Inc. Semiconductors $30.9

B - Buy

TEL Tyco Electronics Ltd. Electronic Equipment $13.3

B - Buy

V Visa Inc. IT Services $68.4

B - Buy

VMW VMware Inc. Software $22.0

C - Hold

WU Western Union Co. IT Services $12.0

D - Sell

WIT Wipro Ltd. IT Services $34.4

A - Strong Buy

YHOO Yahoo! Inc. Internet Software & Services $24.6

D - Sell

 

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