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10 tech stocks to own for the long term, as coronavirus smacks markets

10 tech stocks to own for the long term, as coronavirus smacks markets

Posted On March 12, 2020 2:13 pm
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As markets fall amid coronavirus outbreak panic and an unexpected oil-price war, it could be a good time to buy a list of key technology stocks, according to Wedbush.

The coronavirus outbreak, while tragic for those impacted, represents “golden buying opportunities to own the tech themes and stocks that we believe will be long term winners,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note March 1.

Stocks rebounded slightly on Tuesday after President Trump said he’s discussing stimulus including a potential US payroll-tax cut designed to boost US economic activity. Markets have shed nearly 19% from the all-time high on February 19 through Monday’s close, amid the coronavirus outbreak and an unexpected oil-price war between OPEC and its allies.

But the broader picture aside, Ives’ longstanding view is that we are in the midst of an unprecedented tech bull market, driven by themes such as cloud computing, the “transformational” 5G super cycle, electric vehicle demand, streaming cord cutting, and cyber security.

Against this backdrop, Wedbush’s strategy is “not to hide under the covers in markets like this, watch the red screens with frozen fear, and let the uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak cloud our bullish longer term view of these transformational tech names and themes for the coming years.”

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted supply chains of major tech companies such as Apple, and others including Microsoft and Mastercard have lowered or rescinded future earnings outlooks due to the impact of the outbreak, weighing on stock prices.

Still, in the long term, Ives thinks that coronavirus is a “shock event” that will prove short-lived, according to a Monday note. Once the disruptions from the outbreak have passed, he expects companies such as Apple to normalize quickly.

Here are the top 10 technology stocks Wedbush says to own in the coronavirus sell-off, in no particular order.

Microsoft

Ticker:MSFT

“Microsoft firmly remains our favorite cloud play for 2020 and beyond; despite the bad news from the PC/supply chain (which we view as temporary) this does not change our bullish thesis around Azure’s growth and the longer-term prospects for Redmond over the coming years,” Ives wrote.

Apple

Ticker:AAPL

“Our thesis since this coronavirus outbreak began is that it is primarily a timing issue for iPhone demand and ultimately once the supply chain gets back towards full capacity the Apple renaissance of iPhone growth story will resume,” according to Ives.

Tesla

Rebecca Cook/ReutersTicker:TSLA

“The current situation with the coronavirus outbreak will temporarily push out China supply and demand of Model 3s, but not alter the longer-term bullish trajectory coming out of the region,” Ives said.

“We believe the potential to hit 150k units/demand out of this region over the next year still remains intact although could be delayed by a few months, with the stage set for a massive growth catalyst.”

Adobe

Jeff Bottari/APTicker:ADBE

“Adobe represents a company leading the digital transformation among both consumers and enterprises over the coming years,” Ives wrote.

He continued: “We continue to see relatively healthy demand trends for the company’s creative and marketing solutions with ADBE driving increased customer lifetime value and TAM expansion opportunity with subscriptions over the next 12 to 18 months a key lever that may drive further upside over time.”

Zscale

Ticker:ZS

“ZS is the best pure play in the cloud security arena, which we believe is still in the very early innings of taking off with overall hybrid cloud workloads poised to meaningfully accelerate over the coming years,” Ives said in a March 1 note.

SailPoint

Ticker:SAIL

“While the company has seen some speed bumps in the field over the past year from an execution perspective, we believe SAIL is still in the early innings of capitalizing on a high priority identity $10 billion+ security TAM which is being driven by the move to the cloud and a recently minted new CRO successfully leading the strategic vision in the field,” wrote Ives.

Nuance

Ticker:NUAN

“We view NUAN as a core healthcare cloud play for the coming years and ultimately coronavirus should have negligible impact on its business in our opinion, however this crisis/outbreak speaks to the next generation technology needs in healthcare in which Nuance plays into with its…

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