The year 2017 was a great one to be an investor. The S&P 500 gained 19% last year, ending every month higher than the month before -- the first time that's happened in history. Tech stocks within the S&P did even better. The S&P 500 Information Technology Index was the standout sector, gaining 36% for the year. With that in mind, let's find out why Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL), and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) were the four best performers in the S&P's information technology sector for the year. These tech stocks soared in 2017. Image source: Getty Images. Data by YCharts. Game on! Video game developer Activision Blizzard had a banner year in 2017: It started on an up note and never looked back. Early in the year, the company revealed that Call of Duty, its first-person shooter game, became the No. 1 franchise in North America for the eighth consecutive year, and … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Tech Stocks of 2017
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Microsoft, Facebook, and PayPal were the tech stocks to watch yesterday. But Thursday brings with it a whole new set of megacap tech companies, including Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG), and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Here's what investors should watch when these tech giants report for their most recent quarters. Thursday will feature earnings reports from three tech giants. Image source: Getty Images. Amazon.com Okay -- maybe they're not all technology stocks, but since the bulk of Amazon's operating profits come from its cloud business, and in light of its growing suite of Amazon-branded consumer technology hardware, the company is often considered a tech stock. Whatever sector you want to put Amazon in, the growing importance of technology to its overall business is impossible to ignore. Amazon guided for fourth-quarter net sales to be between $56 billion and $60.5 billion, up 28% to 38% year over year. Management expects operating … [Read more...] about Earnings: 3 Megacap Tech Stocks to Watch Today
With the way the market has performed over the last several days, it might be easy to forget that Wall Street is in the midst of one of the greatest wealth-creating runs in its history. Since bottoming in March of 2009, the S&P 500 has gained nearly 300%. The technology-laden NASDAQ Composite has done even better, gaining over 450%. Given that performance, investors might have difficulty identifying those investments that still have gas left in the tank. With that in mind, we asked three top Motley Fool investors to choose companies that they believed still provided compelling opportunities in the tech sector. They offered convincing arguments for Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Buy these tech stocks now. Image source: Getty Images. Binge-worthy stock Danny Vena (Netflix): One of the best investments over the last decade has been streaming pioneer Netflix, which has returned over 7,000%. While some investors may … [Read more...] about 3 Top Tech Stocks to Buy Right Now
Many investors, young and old, love their dividends. And in the age of low-interest rates, many older investors are no doubt turning to dividend stocks for both income and growth. One area in which these investors may have a difficult time investing is the tech space. In the tech industry companies can be reluctant to commit to a dividend payment because the industry often requires having the capital available to adapt to the latest technological advancement or trends quickly, while also facing a constant threat of disruption. Steve Jobs had a no-dividend-ever policy while he was running Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), but after Apple's cash ballooned to over $100 billion after his death, the company began paying a dividend in 2012. Unfortunately for yield-only investors, much of the broader market gains over the last few years have come from these cash-hoarding tech companies. Over the last three years, the NASDAQ has shot up 73%, compared with the S&P's 38%. In addition, the prospect … [Read more...] about Could These High-Flying Tech Stocks Start Paying a Dividend?
Many Chinese tech stocks generated triple-digit gains over the past few years, and top performers like Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), Alibaba (NYSE: BABA), and Tencent (NASDAQOTH: TCEHY) continue to impress investors. Growth investors love Chinese tech stocks since China's economy could eclipse the American economy by 2030 according to the Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) in London. But the Chinese tech industry is still a risky one that could punish careless investors. Image source: Getty Images. Today we'll take a balanced look at the Chinese tech market and identify the main trends investors should be aware of. Recognizing the biggest players Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent -- commonly called the "BAT" triumvirate -- dominate the Chinese tech landscape with their massive ecosystems. Baidu controls over 70% of the country's online search market, Alibaba's Tmall controls over half of the e-commerce market, and Tencent dominates the social networking and gaming … [Read more...] about Read This Before Buying Chinese Tech Stocks