5 Tech and Gaming Stocks to Play With

by Louis Navellier | February 22, 2012 1:35 pm

The tech-heavy Nasdaq has recently caught up and left the Dow and S&P behind[1]. For the moment, the nerds have taken the lead and their robotic jockeys — powered by the latest operating systems and most up-to-date firmware — seem content to keep it that way. Science fiction aside, the business behind the most successful companies is no fantasy.  They are creating a marketplace for corporations in need of computing solutions, families in need of communications solutions and the casual gamer in need of entertainment.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader[2] tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got five tech and video game stocks for you to consider.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[3]) is one of the biggest tech companies in the world and is famous for its iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac computers — on which many a businessman can be found in their cubicle playing Angry Birds or some other mobile distraction. In the past year, AAPL stock is up 51%, compared to a gain of just about 6% for the Dow Jones. AAPL gets an “A” for sales growth, a “B” for operating margin growth, an “A” for earnings growth, a “B” earnings momentum, an “A” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “A” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, a “B” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of AAPL stock[4].

Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI[5]) is a publisher of online, PC, console, handheld and mobile games — they are most popularly known for their Call of Duty and World of Warcraft titles. ATVI stock is up 10% in the last 12 months. ATVI stock gets an “A” for operating margin growth, an “A” for earnings growth, a “B” earnings momentum, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “B” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of ATVI stock[6].

Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU[7]) is an Internet search provider in China that has posted a gain of 10% in the last year. BIDU stock gets an “A” for sales growth, a “B” for operating margin growth, an “A” for earnings growth, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of BIDU stock[8].

International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM[9]) or IBM, is one of the most well-known information technology companies in the world. In the last 12 months, IBM has jumped 19%. IBM stock gets a “B” for earnings momentum, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, a “B” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of IBM stock[10].

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[11]) is the world-famous tech company — and one of Apple’s biggest competitors — owned by Bill Gates. Microsoftis best known for its Windows operating system, but it is also known for providing gamers with hours of entertainment on its Xbox and Xbox 360 gaming consoles. MSFT rounds out the list with a gain of almost 18% in the past year. MSFT stock gets an “A” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of MSFT stock[12].

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader[13] tool, a 100% free stock rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.

Endnotes:
  1. has recently caught up and left the Dow and S&P behind: http://www.google.com/finance?q=INDEXDJX:.DJI,INDEXSP:.INX,INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC
  2. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  3. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  4. For more information, view my complete analysis of AAPL stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=aapl&submit=submit&type=site
  5. ATVI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ATVI
  6. For more information, view my complete analysis of ATVI stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=atvi&submit=submit&type=site
  7. BIDU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BIDU
  8. For more information, view my complete analysis of BIDU stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=bidu&submit=submit&type=site
  9. IBM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IBM
  10. For more information, view my complete analysis of IBM stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=ibm&submit=submit&type=site
  11. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  12. For more information, view my complete analysis of MSFT stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=msft&submit=submit&type=site
  13. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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