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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