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7 Strong Mega-Cap Stocks to Snap Up For Dividends and Growth

Though the stock market continues to ride high in 2021, the meatiest headlines have been made by growth stocks and exciting meme plays. While triple-digit gains have been made, these riskier picks. And investors cannot afford to get complacent. So, a case can be made for investing in mega-cap stocks in the current economic climate.

One of the easiest ways to fireproof your portfolio is to invest in mega-cap stocks dominating their respective markets. Yes, the price momentum of these mature companies with large market capitalizations does not compare favorably with the likes of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) or Robinhood (NASDAQ:HOOD). But they will continue to pay dividends to their shareholders and progress at a nice pace because of their established positions.

Here are seven mega-cap stocks that are solid investments that will provide you with comfort when market volatility is high and economic uncertainty is on the rise:

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Mastercard (NYSE:MA) JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) UnitedHealth (NYSE:UNH)

Investors in these stocks can look forward to healthy dividends and stock growth besides. Let’s dive in.

Mega-Cap Stocks to Buy: Morgan Stanley (MS) The logo for Morgan Stanley is displayed on the side of a building.Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

The novel coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on lower-income Americans but didn’t seem to impact the finances of ultra-high net worth individuals and institutions very much at all. For example, investment banking giant Morgan Stanley had about $4 trillion of client assets and nearly 70,000 employees at the end of 2020.

Full-year net revenues climbed to a record $48.2 billion compared to $41.4 billion a year ago. Net income was $11 billion ($6.46 per diluted share) versus $9 billion ($5.19 per diluted share) a year ago.

The bank’s strength has traditionally been its equities-trading franchise — the biggest in the world. That segment had yet another great year: equity sales and  net trading revenues increased 22% year on year.

In mid-July, the investment bank reported another stellar quarter, reporting net revenues of $14.8 billion compared with $13.7 billion a year ago. EPS of $1.85 a share handily beat the consensus estimate of $1.65 estimate per share.

Morgan Stanley’s equities trading once again topped estimates handsomely, producing $2.83 billion in revenue to beat analyst estimates by $400 million. Its two other significant divisions, wealth management and investment management, also surpassed expectations.

One other important area to consider when investing in MS stock is its dividend. The banking colossus has hiked its distribution for seven consecutive years, with a three-year growth rate of 32.6%. That’s a very healthy payout to go along with steady upward price momentum.

Alibaba (BABA) Alibaba Group (BABA) headquarters sign located in Hangzhou ChinaSource: Kevin Chen Photography / Shutterstock.com

Alibaba is the world’s largest online retail website. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, annual gross merchandise volume (GMV) transacted on Alibaba’s e-commerce market places in China reached approximately 7.49 trillion yuan. Alibaba’s revenue subsequently grew in the June quarter by 22%. Plus the company’s retail operations grew by 14% and cloud revenues were up 29%.

But it has been a challenging year for BABA stock. Shares of the e-commerce giant are down 10.8% in the last month as Chinese regulatory activity takes a steep toll on the stock.

Two events are of particular importance. Last November, Chinese regulators halted the initial public offering of Ant Group, the operator of the Alipay mobile payment service and Alibaba Group’s sister company.

Ant Group was poised to raise $35 billion in the world’s largest-ever IPO. On the bright side, according to a member of the board of directors, it will “not be too long” before Ant Group can resume its suspended IPO.

The other big regulatory development was a $2.8 billion fine levied against the Chinese tech giant for antitrust violations, leading to a net loss in the March quarter of 5.47 billion yuan, its first operating loss as a public company.

Overall though, BABA remains a very strong enterprise. My colleague Dana Blankenhorn does a great job explaining how omnipresent the Jack Ma-founded company is in China in an insightful article. You are essentially dealing with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Microsoft and MasterCard rolled into one.

Yes, the regulatory activity in China, much like the U.S. and Europe, will ramp up. But considering its size and strength, any dips are a massive buying opportunity.

PayPal (PYPL) PayPal (PYPL) logo overlays daylight photo of corporate buildingSource: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com

PayPal provides electronic payment solutions to merchants and consumers, with a focus on online transactions. In 2020, PayPal’s total payment volume or TPV grew by around one-third year-on-year, as the digital payment provider increased exponentially during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

However, the San Jose, California-based company recently missed second quarter revenue estimates amid former parent eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) switching to another payment processor. As a result, the stock dipped, providing you with a great opportunity to invest in this one.

At the end of 2020, PayPal had 377 million active accounts, including 29 million merchant accounts. It also owns Xoom, an international money transfer business and Venmo, a person-to-person payment platform, both of which are doing exceedingly well.

And despite the tough quarterly results, there is plenty to smile about if you are a PayPal stockholder. The company added 11.4 million new active accounts in the second quarter for a total of 403 million active accounts.

Revenue grew 19% year over year in the quarter that ended June 30. Total payment volume jumped 40% to $311 billion, while the Venmo app, which started supporting cryptocurrency services in April, saw payment volume jump 58% to $58 billion.

Compared to several mega-cap stocks, PYPL has excellent price momentum behind it.

Microsoft (MSFT) Image of corporate building with Microsoft (MSFT) logo above the entrance.Source: NYCStock / Shutterstock.com

The original darling of the dot com bubble remains a very strong name in the tech world. Microsoft doesn’t grab as many headlines as it used to, but this is a tech giant that has grown exponentially in the last five years. And it has diversified its business into several segments with robust recurring revenues.

Microsoft recently reported Q4 FY 2021 earnings, once again handily beating expectations. Adjusted EPS rose 48.6% over the year-ago period and revenue surpassed analyst estimates, up 21.3% compared to the year-ago quarter.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud revenue jumped 51% year-over-year, exceeding expectations. The platform now has a roughly 20% share of the $150 billion global cloud market as of the end of Q1 2021. second only to Amazon Web Services in terms of global cloud market share.

The Azure cloud platform is more than 200 products and services, a suite of tools and services developers can use for networking, storage, mobile and web application services, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and other computing needs. Azure is key to Microsoft’s future, with recession-proof revenue streams and stable recurring fees.


Overall, with three broad divisions, including diverse businesses such as legacy Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Skype and LinkedIn, there is hardly any facet of your life that doesn’t connect with an MSFT product.

Mastercard (MA) A close-up shot of Mastercard (MA) credit or debit cards.Source: Alexander Yakimov / Shutterstock.com

Mastercard has rewarded investors handsomely over the years. The stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by 177.1% and its sector by 190.2% in the past five years on a dividend-adjusted basis.

But lately, all the headlines are reserved for PayPal, an excellent stock in its own merits. MA won’t grow nearly as fast as PayPal. However, Mastercard is also an interesting way to play the growing digital payment trend. As things get back to normal, people will start traveling more and cross-border card transactions will increase, benefitting Mastercard massively.

Most recently, Mastercard surpassed sales and earnings estimates for the second quarter. The company reported $4.5 billion in revenues, beating estimates by 3.7%. EPS of $2.08 a share also beat the $1.74 expected by Wall Street analysts.

International transactions, Mastercard’s bread and butter, rose 33% in local currency from the June 2020 quarter. This was due to a strong increase in domestic card spending and gains in cross-border purchases as countries reopen for travel and business.

PayPal won’t see the same tailwinds because it is doesn’t benefit the same way from pent-up travel demand. It makes MA a slightly better reopening play in my eyes.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) A sign for JP Morgan Chase & Co (JPM).Source: Bjorn Bakstad / Shutterstock.com

Although banks had a rough 2020, some fared better than others.

America’s biggest bank, JPMorgan, reported net revenue of $29.2 billion and $29.1 billion for the fourth and third quarters of 2020. Considering the steep fall in interest rates and the overall depressed economic atmosphere, these are excellent numbers.

More recently, the banking giant posted a 155% jump in second-quarter profits as the U.S. economy continued to rebound.

Trading revenue fell 28% from last year’s record-breaking levels. But a surge in deal-making and the release of $3 billion set aside to cover feared pandemic losses more than made up for it.

Looking ahead, the country’s largest bank offered a muted outlook. It warned that low-interest rates, weak loan demand and a slowdown in trading will weigh down results in the forthcoming quarters.

“We have bright spots in certain pockets and the consumer spend trends are encouraging,” Chief Financial Officer Jeremy Barnum spoke on a call.

However, he warned that corporate clients and consumers have a lot of cash at their disposal due to substantial stimulus funds and low interest rates. Hence, core lending revenues might not benefit this year from the broader recovery.

Nevertheless, JPMorgan is a bellwether for the U.S. economy. As consumer spending comes roaring back to life, JPM is a safe stock to have in your portfolio.

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) The UnitedHealth (UNH) headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota.Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

UnitedHealth Group is a data-driven healthcare enterprise comprised of Optum, its pharmacy and care delivery division, and UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest health insurer. Overall, the group oversees 140 million patients who produce approximately 1.5 trillion transactions per year. That is a big data pool, which is leveraged to improve medical care.

For instance, the company immediately rescheduled 4,000 appointments to virtual telemedicine visits at the pandemic’s start. As soon as trends emerge, Optum analyses them and acts on the newly emerged patterns. This gives it an edge over more traditional companies and platforms.

Over the last five years, the tech-focused healthcare company has seen earnings increase by 18.8%, while sales jumped 9.0%. For more than ten years, the company has hiked the dividend consistently; the distribution has grown by 24.5% during this time.

In summary, UnitedHealth is an asset-light business. It pays a handsome dividend and has grown exponentially in the last five years. If you want a great defensive pick for your portfolio, look no further.

On the publication date, Faizan Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Faizan Farooque is a contributing author for InvestorPlace.com and numerous other financial sites. Faizan has several years of experience analyzing the stock market and was a former data journalist at S&P Global Market Intelligence. His passion is to help the average investor make more informed decisions regarding their portfolio.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

When most investors think of anti-terrorism stocks, AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) and American Science & Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASEI) come to mind. American Science & Engineering makes x-ray equipment that can examine huge cargo vehicles like tractor trailers and trains. AeroVironment makes unmanned aerial drones that can not only monitor activity on the ground, but delivery an explosive payload as needed. Sometimes though (and arguably a lot of the time) the war on terrorism is fought literally and figuratively with boots on the ground, targeting that “lone wolf” with a knife or a handgun that isn’t identified until it’s too late. That’s where Patriot One Technologies Inc. (CVE:PAT, OTCMKTS:PTOTF) moves onto the radar.

It’s not a household name – yet – because it’s technology is not yet commercialized. That’s going to change this year though. After five years of R&D work on the utilization of new microwave technologies, nForce CMR1000 has begun field testing in Orlando (announced Jan. 17th); additional pilot sites are expected to be announced soon.

The CMR1000 (‘CMR’ is an short for Cognitive Microwave Radar) is an amazing device. It works not unlike a X-ray machine at an airport, but also not unlike a more conventional metal detector you might find at an airport or at the entryway to a building. In all regards though, it’s better than both. By using high-frequency microwaves that are harmless to humans, the CMR1000 can even pinpoint exactly what kind of metallic weapon it is… a semi-automatic pistol versus a revolver, or a machete versus a pocket knife.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: QuickLogic Corporation(QUIK)

QuickLogic Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, develops and markets low power customizable semiconductor and software algorithm solutions for tablets, wearables, smartphones, and mobile enterprise markets. The companys customer specific standard products incorporate its ArcticLink III S, ArcticLink III VX and BX, PolarPro 3, PolarPro II, and Eclipse II solution platforms, as well as packaging, proven system blocks, custom logic, sensor software algorithms, software drivers, and architecture consulting. Its products include pASIC 3, QuickRAM, and QuickPCI. The company markets and sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers through a network of sales managers and distributors in North America, Europe, and Asia. QuickLogic Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    QuickLogic Co. (NASDAQ:QUIK)’s share price reached a new 52-week low during trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $0.98 and last traded at $0.97, with a volume of 294 shares. The stock had previously closed at $0.99.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    QuickLogic (NASDAQ: QUIK) and SemiLEDs (NASDAQ:LEDS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on QuickLogic (QUIK)

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Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Standex International Corporation(SXI)

Standex International Corporation was incorporated in 1975 and is the successor of a corporation organized in 1955. As used in this report, the terms “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “Standex” mean Standex International Corporation and its subsidiaries. We have paid dividends each quarter since Standex became a public corporation in November 1964.
Unless otherwise noted, references to years are to fiscal years.
We are a leading manufacturer of a variety of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial markets. We have 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized for reporting purposes into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. Overall management, strategic development and financial control are maintained by the executive staff from our corporate headquarters located in Salem, New Hampshire.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI) – Equities researchers at William Blair boosted their Q3 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Standex Int’l in a note issued to investors on Monday, October 1st. William Blair analyst N. Heymann now expects that the industrial products company will earn $1.51 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.49.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have issued a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $120.50.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Barclays PLC boosted its holdings in Standex Int’l Corp. (NYSE:SXI) by 13.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 4,804 shares of the industrial products company’s stock after buying an additional 561 shares during the period. Barclays PLC’s holdings in Standex Int’l were worth $459,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Synex International (TSE:SXI) Director Glenn Stanley Mcdonnell sold 250,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of C$0.50, for a total transaction of C$125,000.00.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: CVD Equipment Corporation(CVV)

CVD Equipment Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures custom and standard equipment and process solutions used to develop and manufacture solar, nano, and advanced electronic components, materials, and coatings for research and industrial applications in the United States and internationally. It operates through two divisions, CVD/First Nano and Stainless Design Concepts. The company offers chemical vapor deposition systems for use in the research, development, and manufacture of semiconductors, LEDs, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, solar cells, LEDs, MEMS, and other industrial applications; and rapid thermal processing systems for implant activation, oxidation, silicide formation, and other processes. It also provides annealing and diffusion furnaces for use in diffusion, oxidation, implant anneal, solder reflow, solar cell manufacturing, and other processes; and gas and chemical delivery control systems for semiconductor fabrication processes, solar cells, LEDs, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, and various industrial applications. In addition, it provides standard and custom fabricated quartz ware used in its equipment and other customer tools. The company sells its products primarily to electronic component manufacturers, universities, government, and industrial laboratories, as well as industries, such as aerospace that require specialized coatings. CVD Equipment Corporation was founded in 1982 and is based in Central Islip, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News headlines about CVD Equipment (NASDAQ:CVV) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. CVD Equipment earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.7103888113407 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    News coverage about CVD Equipment (NASDAQ:CVV) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. CVD Equipment earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.2607770405573 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Insperity, Inc.(NSP)

Insperity, Inc., (“Insperity”) provides an array of human resources (“HR”) and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Since our formation in 1986, we have evolved from being solely a professional employer organization (“PEO”), an industry we pioneered, to our current position as a comprehensive business performance solutions provider.
Our long-term strategy is to provide the best small and medium-sized businesses in the United States with our specialized human resources service offering and to leverage our buying power and expertise to provide additional valuable services to clients.   Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    In the human-resources business for more than 30 years, Insperity (NYSE: NSP) is profitable and growing. It has benefitted from seeing the need for outsourcing the human resources function early and executing consistently. Employing a software-with-a-service (SwaS) model, Insperity acts almost as a consultant: SwaS companies don’t just “rent” software (like software-as-a-service companies do) but rather rent software together with embedded support service. SwaS companies can observe their clients and see when and where they’re having issues — and then proactively helping them solve these issues. Further, Insperity offers data analytics and it also plans to continue marketing predictive data analytics to its clients.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Get a free copy of the Zacks research report on Insperity (NSP)

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Ffcm LLC purchased a new position in shares of Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm purchased 359 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $34,000.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP) SVP Daniel D. Herink sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $129.34, for a total value of $646,700.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 28,680 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,709,471.20. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Analog Devices, Inc.(ADI)

Analog Devices, Inc., incorporated on January 18, 1965, is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing (DSP) technology, including integrated circuits (ICs), algorithms, software and subsystems. The Company’s operating segments include United States, Rest of North/South America, Europe, Japan, China and Rest of Asia. The Company’s signal processing products help in converting, conditioning and processing real-world phenomena, such as temperature, pressure, sound, light, speed and motion into electrical signals, which are to be used in a range of electronic devices. The Company combines data converters, amplifiers and linear products, radio frequency (RF) ICs, power management products, sensors based on micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and other sensors, and processing products, including DSP, micro controllers and other processors, into technology platforms. The Company’s products are embedded inside various types of electronic equipment, including industrial process control systems, medical imaging equipment, factory automation systems, patient monitoring devices, instrumentation and measurement systems, wireless infrastructure equipment, energy management systems, networking equipment, aerospace and defense electronics, optical systems, automobiles and portable electronic devices.

The Company’s integrated circuits product portfolio includes both general-purpose products used by a range of customers and applications, as well as application-specific products. The Company’s Analog Products include Converters, Amplifiers/Radio Frequency, Other Analog, and Power Management and Reference. The Company is a supplier of data converter products and high-performance amplifiers. Within this product portfolio, the Company provides precision, instrumentation, high speed, intermediate frequency/RF, broadband and other amplifiers. The Company also offers a portfolio of precision voltage references that are used in various applic! ations. Its analog product line also includes a portfolio of RF ICs covering the entire RF signal chain, ranging from standalone RF function blocks, such as phase locked loops, frequency synthesizers, mixers, modulators, demodulators and power detectors, to integrated broadband and short-range single chip transceiver solutions.

The Company’s analog technology portfolio also includes products that are based on MEMS technology. The Company’s MEMS product portfolio includes accelerometers used to sense acceleration, gyroscopes used to sense rotation and inertial measurement units used to sense multiple degrees of freedom combining multiple sensing types along multiple axes. Its isolators are designed for applications, such as universal serial bus isolation in patient monitors. In smart metering applications, the Company’s isolators provide electrostatic discharge performance that helps manage meter tampering. The Company’s Power management and reference products include functions, such as power conversion, driver monitoring, sequencing and energy management. The Company’s Digital Signal Processing products (DSPs) complete its product portfolio. As an integrated part of its customers’ signal chain, there are various other Analog Devices products connected to its processors, including converters, audio and video codecs, and power management solutions.

The Company competes with Robert Bosch GmbH, Broadcom Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Infineon Technologies, Linear Technology Corporation, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Microchip Technology, Inc., NXP Semiconductors and Texas Instruments, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) and Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcribing]

    Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 20, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Barclays restated their overweight rating on shares of Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) in a research note published on Wednesday. They currently have a $108.00 price target on the semiconductor company’s stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) and Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Mastercard Incorporated(MA)

MasterCard Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides transaction processing and related services to customers principally in support of their credit, deposit access, electronic cash and automated teller machine payment card programs, and travelers? cheque programs. Its payment solutions include payment programs, marketing, product development, technology, processing, and consulting and information services. The company provides transaction processing services comprising transaction switching, which include authorization, clearing, and settlement; connectivity services, such as network access, equipment, and the transmission of authorization and settlement messages; and other payment-related services consisting of products used to prevent or detect fraudulent transactions, cardholder services, professional consulting and research services, compliance and penalty, account and transaction enhancement services, holograms, and publication services. MasterCard Incor porated manages and licenses payment card brands, including MasterCard, MasterCard Electronic, Maestro, and Cirrus. The company?s payment programs, which are facilitated through its brands, include consumer credit, debit and prepaid programs, commercial payment solutions, and contactless payment solutions. It serves approximately 22,000 financial institutions. The company was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Rotonti]

    Oh yeah. In this interview, we also talkstocks. Awesome stocks!Wediscuss several companies that I think deserve more attention, includingFerrari N.V.(NYSE:RACE),Broadridge Financial Solutions(NYSE:BR),First American Financial(NYSE:FAF),andLandstar System(NASDAQ:LSTR).And we go deep intoStarbucks(NASDAQ:SBUX)and explore the valuation of bothMastercard(NYSE:MA) andNetflix(NASDAQ:NFLX).

  • [By Matthew Cochrane]

    While there are a variety of ways to play the financial sector as an investor, these are my picks for the best financial stocks to buy in 2019.

    Financial Company Bullish Elevator Pitch Market Cap
    American Express (NYSE:AXP) Highest-quality cardholders in credit card industry $84.1 billion
    Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) Big bank that benefits from scale and a large mobile presence $275 billion
    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) Uses float from insurance companies to fund acquisitions and investments $480 billion
    Broadridge Financial (NYSE:BR) Near monopoly on its core services of providing proxy communications and processing trades for publicly traded companies $11.5 billion
    JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) Large bank that benefits from scale and has a high return on equity $336 billion
    Mastercard (NYSE:MA) Large payments network that enjoys a wide economic moat $202 billion
    Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) Credit ratings agency that enjoys a moat based on its brand and a regulated industry $28.6 billion
    Q2 Holdings (NYSE:QTWO) Operates a sticky ecosystem in a large total addressable market $2.2 billion
    Visa (NYSE:V) Largest payments network; enjoys a vast moat from scale with high operating margin $302 billion

    Market cap data: Google Finance

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Kyocera Corporation(KYO)

Kyocera Corporation develops, produces, and distributes ceramic, semiconductor, and electronic products for the information and communications markets, and environment and energy markets worldwide. The company offers thin ceramic based substrates; thin-film ceramic/alumina tape substrates; sapphire substrates; automobiles engine components; mechanical seals; and thread guides for yarn texturing machines; rings for fishing rods and nozzles; and papermaking machinery parts. It also provides various ceramic packages and components and LSI ceramic packages. In addition, the company offers solar energy products, cutting tools, medical and dental implants, and jewelry products and applied ceramic related products. Further, it provides miniature ceramic capacitors, tantalum capacitors, RF modules, and miniature timing devices; and connectors primarily for digital consumer equipment; thin-film products comprising thermal printheads, amorphous silicon photoreceptor drums, and LCDs for office automation equipment and industrial equipment; organic flip-chip packages for application specific integrated circuits; and system in a package substrates for mobile phone handsets. Additionally, the company offers base stations, terminals, and PHS mobile phone handsets; page printers, copying machines, and peripherals; electronic insulation materials and molded products; data center services for mobile phone content distribution services; and management consulting services, as well as involves in the telecommunications engineering business ranging from system development to design, construction, and maintenance services; and IT solutions business, that comprises network and system integration solutions. It distributes its products through its sales personnel and independent distributors. The company was formerly known as Kyoto Ceramic Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Kyocera Corporation in 1982. Kyocera Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (NYSE:TSM) and Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media stories about Kyocera (NYSE:KYO) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kyocera earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the electronics maker an impact score of 44.7168933477613 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

  • [By Anders Bylund]

    Shares of Japanese materials giant Kyocera(NYSE:KYO) gained 12.1% in April 2018, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The stock rode a strong fourth-quarter report to these gains despite zero coverage in the financial press.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Rubicon Technology, Inc.(RBCN)

Rubicon Technology, Inc., an electronic materials provider, develops, manufactures, and sells monocrystalline sapphire and other crystalline products for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), optoelectronics, and other optical applications. The companys products include two to six inch sapphire cores for use in LED applications and into components, such as lens covers for mobile devices; four and six-inch sapphire wafers that are used as substrates for the manufacture of LED chips, as well as for other semiconductor applications, including silicon-on-sapphire RFICs; four, six, and eight-inch patterned sapphire wafers, which are polished wafers to produce a patterned surface that enhances LED light extraction efficiency; and optical sapphire products that are used in equipment for a range of end markets comprising defense and aerospace, medical devices, oil and gas drilling, semiconductor manufacturing, and other markets. It also offers optically-polished windows and ground window blanks of sapphire. The company sells its products directly to semiconductor device manufacturers, and wafer polishing companies in Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe. Rubicon Technology, Inc. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Bensenville, Illinois.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ:RBCN) and Natcore Technology (OTCMKTS:NTCXF) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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MIND C.T.I. Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, implements, and markets real-time and off-line billing and customer care software solutions in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, and Israel. The company offers billing and customer care solution that supports services, such as voice, data, and content services, as well as prepaid, postpaid, and pay-in-advance payment models in a single platform. Its solution also includes a workflow engine to support the implementation of business processes, including subscriber registration, order management, trouble ticket, and debt collection; and an integral point of sale solution that covers all dealer, store and cashier management, and sales processes. In addition, the company offers professional services comprising installation, turnkey project implementation services, customer support, training and maintenance services, software and process customization, and project management, as well as managed services, including day to day billing operational tasks primarily to its billing and customer care customers. Further, it provides call management systems comprising PhonEX and MEIPS, which collects, records, and stores call information in a customized database; and enterprise software products, such as PhonEX-Ten and PhonEX-ONE that are used by corporations for telecom expense management, call accounting, traffic analysis, and fraud detection. The company offers its products directly; and through network equipment vendors and systems integrators, and resellers primarily to communication providers, such as traditional wireline and wireless, voice over IP, broadband IP network operators, LTE operators, cable operators, and mobile virtual network operators. MIND C.T.I. Ltd. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Yokneam Illit, Israel.

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Salesforce is a leading provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions, with a focus on customer relationship management, or CRM. We introduced our first CRM solution in February 2000, and we have since expanded our service offerings with new editions, solutions, features and platform capabilities. Our mission is to help our customers transform themselves into customer-centric companies by empowering them to connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Our Customer Success Platform, including sales force automation, customer service and support, marketing automation, community management, analytics, application development, Internet of Things integration and our professional cloud services, provide the next-generation platform of enterprise applications, or apps, and services to enable customer success. Our service offerings are intuitive and easy-to-use, can be deployed rapidly, customized easily and integrated with other platforms and enterprise apps.   Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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