Over the past month, there has been a major change in the market under the surface. In essence, inflation risk is dropping, while recession risk is increasing.
This has major implications for investors, especially as this looks to be a meaningful trend that could persist for many months. Although we’ve yet to see a major impact in terms of earnings and employment, it’s increasingly clear that the economy is slowing which is being exacerbated by the Fed’s hawkish stance.
This slowing is inevitably going to affect inflation. Leading indicators are showing a dramatic drop in transportation costs, while retailers are cutting prices in order to move inventory off shelves. The one component that continued to move higher – food and energy – has also turned lower and in some cases, is below their pre-invasion levels.
Prior to these latest developments, we had an economy with low recession risk and rising inflation risk. This led to outperformance for cyclical stocks, while growth and tech languished. Now, we should expect growth and tech stocks to outperform amid these circumstances. Below are 3 tech stocks that investors should consider buying on weakness:
Veeva Systems (VEEV)
VEEV is at the intersection of several, bullish booming trends. These include enterprise software, cloud computing, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.
The healthcare sector’s growth is fueled by demographics due to an aging population in developed countries all over the world, increased government spending, and the constant stream of innovations that lead to new treatments. Healthcare spending as a share of GDP has risen to 18% in 2020, from under 12% in 1990.
However, VEEV is actually a software and cloud computing company which come with more growth and higher margins. Unlike many stocks in the software and cloud space, there are high barriers to entry which means limited competition. For investors, it translates into a deep and wide moat, and leads to high rates of recurring revenue.
From peak to trough, VEEV’s stock price declined by 56%. Yet, the earnings outlook remains solid as evidenced by its latest report which showed the company beating on the top and bottom-line and issuing better than expected guidance.
Given these positives, it’s not surprising that VEEV has an overall B rating, which translates to a Buy in our POWR Ratings system. It also has an A for Quality as it’s one of the leading stocks in a large total addressable market with only a handful of competitors.
VEEV also has a B for growth makes sense given its double-digit earnings and revenue growth and positioning at the intersection of two large and growing markets – healthcare and cloud computing. Click here to see more of VEEV’s POWR Ratings including grades for Value, Momentum, and Stability.
EXPE is one of the largest online booking companies in the world. It operates through multiple segments including Expedia, Vrbo, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Wotif. In addition, it offers a range of travel and non-travel verticals, including for corporate travel management, airlines, travel agents, online retailers, and financial institutions.
Like many travel stocks, EXPE is seeing a huge surge in revenues and bookings due to people’s pent-up demand for travel. However, the stock price has languished due to the market’s concern of a slowdown and potential recession.
Thus, EXPE’s stock is down 57% from its all-time high in Februay of this year. Despite this, the stock’s earnings outlook remains strong. This year, analysts expect the company to earn $7 per share which will climb to $9 per share in 2023.
This combination fo growth and value makes the stock quite attractive. It’s a major reason why EXPE is rated a B which equates to a Buy rating. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 distinct factors, with each factor weighted to an optimal degree. B-rated stocks have posted an average annual performance of 21.1% which compares favorably to the S&P 500’s average annual 8.0% gain.
Click here to see EXPE’s complete POWR Ratings.
MSFT needs no introduction given its dominance in multiple categories such as PC software, enterprise software, and cloud computing. It’s also the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 over the last decade.
However, the stock did suffer a pullback amid the selloff in the market and rise in rates. As inflation expectations decline, we are seeing longer-term rates pull back. This is a positive catalyst for stocks like MSFT.
One reason is Microsoft’s fortress of a balance sheet which means it’s insulated from economic weakness. Further, its dividends become more…
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