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2 Undervalued Tech Stocks to Buy as Fed Hits Pause on Rate Hikes

Published 14/06/2023, 11:29
  • The tech-heavy Nasdaq has outperformed the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average by a wide margin in 2023.
  • Receding inflation worries and easing fears about further Fed rate hikes will likely continue to boost companies in the tech sector.
  • As such, I used the InvestingPro stock screener to find high-quality, undervalued technology gems to buy now with strong upside ahead.
  • The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite has been the top performer of the three major U.S. indices by a wide margin thus far in 2023, soaring 29.7% year-to-date.

    That compares to an increase of 13.8% for the benchmark S&P 500 over the same time span and a 3.2% gain for the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average.Nasdaq, S&P 500, Dow YTD Price Performance

    The ongoing tech rally has been fueled by growing signs that U.S. inflation may have peaked, raising hopes the Federal Reserve will end its year-long rate hike cycle.

    That, in turn, has boosted shares of the mega-cap tech companies, with Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:META), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) all posting double-digit year-to-date percentage increases thus far.Market Performance Breakdown

    Against this backdrop, I used the InvestingPro stock screener to search for high quality undervalued tech gems to buy amid the current market environment.

    I first scanned for companies with an Investing Pro ‘Fair Value’ upside greater than or equal to 10%. I then filtered for names whose Investing Pro ‘Fair Value’ grade was either ‘Undervalued’, ‘Bargain’, or ‘Fair’.

    And those companies with a market cap of $5 billion and above made my watchlist.
    InvestingPro Screener
    Source: InvestingPro

    Once the criteria were applied, I was left with a total of 33 companies.

    Of those, Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH) and NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) were the two that stood out the most to me.
    Screener SummarySource: InvestingPro

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    1. Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Cognizant Technology Solutions stock is up 12.3% year-to-date and should continue appreciating, according to the InvestingPro models, as it cements its status as one of the premier go-to names in the information technology (IT) services industry.

    Cognizant has several tailwinds that are expected to fuel further gains in its stock in the months ahead, with highlights including strong earnings prospects, and a healthy profitability outlook, as well as robust growth in free cash flow yields which should allow it to increase dividend payments.
    CTSH Company Profile Page
    Source: InvestingPro

    The Teaneck, New Jersey-based IT services and consulting firm has raised its annual dividend payout for three consecutive years. Shares currently yield 1.81%, which is slightly above the 1.48% implied yield for the S&P 500 index.CTSH Dividend DataSource: InvestingPro

    As Investing Pro points out, Cognizant currently enjoys a ‘Financial Health’ score of 3.2. That’s important as companies with Investing Pro health scores higher than 2.75 have consistently outperformed the broader market by a wide margin over the past seven years, dating back to 2016.
    CTSH Financial Score
    Source: InvestingPro

    Not surprisingly, CTSH stock is substantially undervalued according to the quantitative models in Investing Pro: with a ‘Fair Value’ price target of $85.07, Cognizant shares could see an upside of roughly 32% from current levels.CTSH Fair ValueSource: InvestingPro

    Cognizant’s stock trades at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.1, which makes it an absolute bargain compared to its major competitors, such as Accenture (NYSE:ACN) (28.7 P/E ratio), Infosys (NYSE:INFY) (22.0 P/E ratio), Wipro (NYSE:WIT) (19.1 P/E ratio), and IBM (NYSE:IBM) (60.8 P/E ratio).

    As such, I believe shares of the IT services giant are a smart buy, especially at current valuations.

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    2. NetApp

    At a current price point of around $73, Investing Pro has flagged NetApp to provide significant long-term value for shareholders in the months ahead.

    NetApp is a data storage and data management solutions company headquartered in San Jose, California. Founded in 1992 with an IPO in 1995, the tech company provides cloud data services for management of applications and data both online and physically.

    As Investing Pro points out, NTAP stock could see an increase of around 25% from Tuesday’s closing price, according to a number of valuation models, bringing it closer to its ‘Fair Value’ price target of $91.41 per share.NTAP Fair ValueSource: InvestingPro

    Demonstrating the strength and resilience of its business, NetApp sports a near-perfect Investing Pro ‘Financial Health’ score of 4 out of 5. The Pro Health score is determined by ranking the company on over 100 factors against other companies in the Information Technology sector.
    NTAP Financial Health
    Source: InvestingPro

    Investing Pro also highlights several additional tailwinds NetApp has going for it, including healthy profitability, increasing earnings per share, solid cash flow growth, and a relatively cheap valuation.NTAP Company ProfileSource: InvestingPro

    Taking that into account, NTAP is a strong buy to add to a portfolio, especially when you consider its continuous efforts to return more cash to shareholders in the form of higher dividend payouts and share buybacks.NTAP DIvidend DataSource: InvestingPro

    The cloud services and data management company has raised its annual dividend for 10 years running, highlighting its exceptional track record when it comes to returning excess cash to stockholders. At Tuesday’s closing price, shares currently yield a market-beating 2.73%.

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    Disclosure: At the time of writing, I am long on the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq 100 via the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), and the Invesco QQQ Trust ETF (QQQ). I am also long on the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLK). I regularly rebalance my portfolio of individual stocks and ETFs based on ongoing risk assessment of both the macroeconomic environment and companies' financials.

    The views discussed in this article are solely the opinion of the author and should not be taken as investment advice.

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