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10 IT Stocks to Power Your Portfolio

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Forget roads and sewers — information technology is the real infrastructure of the 21st century. Whether it’s consumers surfing the web or buying clothes online or whether it’s businesses vitalizing their offices or going digital with payrolls, IT makes the world go around these days.That means that investors can rely on this sector for big gains, even in troubled times.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, 10 IT stocks to buy.

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.”

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) is a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Since Jan. 1, ACN stock has gained 21%, compared to a gain of 7% for the Dow Jones in the same time. Accenture stock gets a “B” grade for operating margin growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of ACN stock.

Automatic Data Processing  (NASDAQ:ADP) provides business outsourcing solutions and has experienced a stock gain of 7% since last April. Automatic Data Processing stock gets a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for earnings momentum and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of ADP stock.

Cognizant  (NASDAQ:CTSH) provides its customers with custom information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services. Cognizant stock has jumped 15% in 2012. CTSH stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of CTSH stock.

Fidelity National (NYSE:FIS) is known for providing banking and payments technologies. Year-to-date, Fidelity National stock has climbed 25%, compared to smaller gains by the broader markets. FIS stock gets a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months and an “A” grade for cash flow in my Portfolio grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of FIS stock.

Fiserv (NASDAQ:FISV) provides financial services technology internationally. Fiserv has outpaced the broader markets with a gain of 19%, year-to-date. FISV stock gets a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for earnings momentum, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, a “B” grade for cash flow and a “B” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of FISV stock.

International Business Machines  (NYSE:IBM) is very well known for its software and global technology services. IBM stock is up 25% since last April. IBM stock gets a “B” grade for earnings momentum, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, a “B” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of IBM stock.

MasterCard (NYSE:MA) is best known for its credit card services and has posted a significant gain of 64% in the last 12 months. Mastercard stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of MA stock.

Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions. Since the start of 2012, Paychex stock has gained 4%. PAYX stock gets a “B” grade for earnings momentum and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of PAYX stock.

Teradata (NYSE:TDC) is known for providing analytic data solutions. TDC is up 43% in the last four months. Teradata stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for earnings momentum, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, a “B” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of TDC stock.

Visa  (NYSE:V) is another major credit card company and the biggest winner on this list with a yearly return on 60%. Visa stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for operating margin growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, a “B” grade for cash flow and a “B” grade for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of V stock.

 

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

 


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