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6 Top Stocks to Buy in April

The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator. This means ... that he should be able to justify every purchase he makes and each price he pays by impersonal, objective reasoning that satisfies him that he is getting more than his money's worth for his purchase.-- Benjamin Graham

The start of a new month gives us a reason -- if we needed one -- to keep being investors and putting money to work in the market. But where to look? We asked six of our Fool.com contributors specializing in technology and consumer goods stocks to weigh in with their top picks for April. Read on to see what they had to say about Priceline , Under Armour , Zillow , Google , TubeMogul , and Netflix .

(Netflix): The world's leading premium streaming video service reports quarterly results smack dab in the middle of the month, making Netflix a smart buy if you think that it will at least live up to if not exceed expectations. I obviously do. Netflix set the bar high during its holiday quarter, and it's targeting 61.44 million subscribers worldwide by the end of March. That's 4 million more than it had just three months earlier.

Netflix had a springtime stumble last year. Subscriber growth stalled after a May price hike, and the content gap between the sophomore seasons of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black seemed like it was an eternity for fickle members. That's not happening this time around. Netflix kept the exclusivity juices flowing through March with the gripping Bloodline and hilarious Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt . It also capped March off by launching its magnetic service in Australia and New Zealand.

The stock has taken a breather since hitting $486.50 in February, but the fundamentals are as strong as ever. Investors can buy in today at a discount to recent highs, and if Netflix pulls off another blowout quarter -- it's coming off of back-to-back periods of better-than-expected earnings -- it wouldn't be a surprise to see the dot-com darling set a new high-water mark in April.

(Priceline): Priceline stock has been stagnant through the last year, mostly due to investor concerns over a depreciating euro and its impact on the company's business. While this can be a material source of uncertainty in the short term, the long-term growth story in Priceline is pretty much intact, and temporary weakness seems to be creating a buying opportunity in the online travel leader.

If that wasn't enough, Zillow also closed on its acquisition of Trulia in mid-February, and stated at the time that integration efforts for what will be two leading, complementary business were already under way. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff also called Trulia a "game changer" given the incremental revenue opportunity its massive rental lead volume will provide to Zillow's HotPads platform. Investors will receive more information on these synergies and operating plans in Zillow Group's first-quarter earnings call next month. But for now, with shares trading modestly lower so far in 2015 as of this writing, I think Zillow Group stock presents a perfect opportunity for patient, long-term investors to step in.

Joe Tenebruso (Google): With U.S. markets near all-time highs, many of the stocks I follow are trading at lofty valuations. I'm not afraid to pay a premium for quality, but I'd much rather buy an excellent business at a good price. Today, I believe we have one such opportunity with Google.

Google's stock is down about 4% over the last 12 months as skeptics focus on the threats posed by competitors such as Facebook and the potential loss of Google's position as the default search provider on Apple 's Safari browser. While these threats are not to be taken lightly, I believe their potential impact is being overstated by some. Facebook's new video initiatives do make it a more direct rival to YouTube, but video is a massive and fast-growing market, and YouTube remains a clear leader. In addition, the loss of the default search position on Safari is by no means a certainty, and even if it were to happen, the actual hit to Google's business may be far less than many bears would have you believe.

More importantly, while the fear surrounding Google is granting us an attractive short-term entry point into the stock, I'm more focused on Google's long-term opportunities. Google remains the undisputed leader in Internet search in most areas of the world, and is constantly expanding its reach with an ever-growing array of services such as Google Play, Chrome, and Drive. And while Apple has been clawing back share of the smartphone market, Android remains the market share leader. Maybe most importantly, Google's culture of innovation helps it to remain at the vanguard of technological change.

Tim Beyers(TubeMogul) : Advertising is a huge enough market that Google generates over $60 billion a year in revenue slinging digital ads, a business that barely existed a decade ago. (Google's 2005 revenue topped out at $6.1 billion.)

How does this relate to TubeMogul? We're still in the early stages of figuring out how to create consistent, effective, cross-channel online video ads. TubeMogul is leading the way forward with an that makes it easy for advertisers to take advantage of this growing medium.

How does this relate to TubeMogul? We're still in the early stages of figuring out how to create consistent, effective, cross-channel online video ads. TubeMogul is leading the way forward with an analytics-powered buying engine that makes it easy for advertisers to take advantage of this growing medium.

What's more, because of the presence of online logins at YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and more, digital video advertisers learn more about how consumers engage with pitches. Think of it as "Moneyballing" the ad buying process; every new campaign provides intelligence that leads to better targeting, better conversions, and more money for the enabling platform: TubeMogul.

We're already seeing gains. Revenue more than doubled in 2012, rose 67.5% in 2013, and 99.7% last year, S&P Capital IQ reports. Gross margins have expanded rapidly over the same period -- up from 52.1% to 70.3%. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, continued growth would strongly benefit co-founders John Hughes and Brett Wilson. Combined, they own over 11% of TubeMogul's shares outstanding. With so much invested in the company, it's a good bet that Hughes and Wilson will do everything they can to boost the stock -- for themselves and the shareholders invested alongside them.

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The article 6 Top Stocks to Buy in April originally appeared on Fool.com.

This article was compiled by Kris Eddy , who has no position in any stocks mentioned.Andrés Cardenal owns shares of Apple, Google (A shares), Google (C shares), Netflix, and Priceline Group. Dan Caplinger owns shares of Apple, Google (C shares), and Priceline Group. Joe Tenebruso owns shares of Zillow Group. Joe Tenebruso has the following options: short January 2017 $100 puts on Apple, long January 2017 $90 puts on Apple, and long January 2017 $65 calls on Facebook. Rick Munarriz owns shares of Netflix. Steve Symington owns shares of Apple and Under Armour. Tim Beyers owns shares of Apple, Google (A shares), Google (C shares), and Netflix. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Facebook, Google (A shares), Google (C shares), Netflix, Nike, Priceline Group, Under Armour, and Zillow Group. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Facebook, Google (A shares), Google (C shares), Netflix, Nike, Priceline Group, Under Armour, and Zillow Group. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days . We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy .

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