Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now

By Antoine Gara, Corinne Jurney and Nathan Vardi

From the rise of quantitative trading driven by data to new financial technologies and start-ups, the Wall Street landscape is shifting. The faces of change on Wall Street can be found on this year’s 30 Under 30 Finance list.

The rising stars of Wall Street are building quant apps for clients at Goldman Sachs, making investments based on sustainability themes at Morgan Stanley, and creating data-driven trading models at BlackRock. They are partners at big hedge fund firms like Tiger Global Management and Pershing Square Capital Management, and work for hedge fund legends like billionaire Stanley Druckenmiller.

Young entrepreneurs are shaking-up the financial services sector. Matthew Humphrey, 29, is a serial entrepreneur who has already sold a business for $100 million at age 24. He is currently the CEO and founder of LendingHome, which has raised more than $100 million in venture capital funds and lent out nearly $1 billion. Humphrey’s company, which has 240 employees, uses proprietary risk scores to extend credit to non-traditional borrowers who have already repaid $400 million of principal with virtually no realized losses. Humphrey matriculated to Carnegie Mellon to study computer science at the age of 13.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: AirMedia Group Inc(AMCN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AirMedia Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCN) posted a 52-week low of $1.04 after closing down 23% on Wednesday at $1.35. The 52-week high is $3.30. Volume was about 4 million, nearly 20 times the daily average of around 230,000 million shares. The Chinese outdoor advertising company said yesterday that it is terminating a potential go-private transaction.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Itron Inc.(ITRI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) – Analysts at Oppenheimer cut their Q2 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Itron in a research note issued on Tuesday, May 15th. Oppenheimer analyst N. Kaye now anticipates that the scientific and technical instruments company will earn $0.55 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.86. Oppenheimer currently has a “Buy” rating and a $78.00 target price on the stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Itron’s Q4 2018 earnings at $1.46 EPS.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Data I/O (NASDAQ: DAIO) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Activision Blizzard, Inc(ATVI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This is a top pick on Wall Street and Jefferies remains very positive on the shares. Activision Blizzard Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) develops and publishes online, personal computer (PC), video game console, handheld, mobile and tablet games worldwide. The company develops and publishes interactive entertainment software products through retail channels or digital downloads and downloadable content to a range of gamers.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI) shares were halted around 2:15 p.m. after Dow Jones leaked incorrect earnings figures from the company’s first-quarter report a few hours before they were set to be released: Link

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) recently revealed that its Overwatch League esport event is already approaching $1 billion in cumulative revenue since the company began selling teams last year. As famous investors and entrepreneurs scoop up franchises, the company is already making plans to expand the league.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Over the last decade, video game companies have churned out hit after hit across consoles, PCs, and mobile devices and it seemed giants like Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ:TTWO) were gobbling up most of the market share. As long as they kept the hits coming, it seemed like there wasn’t any real competition to worry about in video games. That was, until Fortnite Battle Royale.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Veeco Instruments Inc.(VECO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ:VECO) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the ten research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $24.20.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Energy Recovery (NASDAQ: ERII) and Veeco Instruments (NASDAQ:VECO) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Media stories about Veeco (NASDAQ:VECO) have been trending positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Veeco earned a news impact score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.7650210874662 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Breaking news

    Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    AES Corp (NYSE: AES) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, while sales missed estimates.
    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) disclosed that its CFO Andrew Vollero will leave the company and Amazon.com's VP Of Finance Tim Sloan will assume the role.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Integrated Media Technology Limited (NASDAQ: IMTE) rose 30.8 percent to $22.00 in pre-market trading after declining 18.63 percent on Monday.
    Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSE: NSU) rose 14.5 percent to $3.40 in pre-market trading after Lundin Mining Corporation and Euro Sun Mining Inc. proposed to acquire Nevsun Resources for around C$1.5 billion.
    Sharing Economy International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEII) rose 15.2 percent to $4.25 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it entered into a license agreement with Ecrent Capital Holdings Limited.
    Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: VECO) shares rose 14.1 percent to $19.50 in pre-market trading after reporting stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) rose 13.4 percent to $15.40 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SD) shares rose 13.2 percent to $16.45 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ: BLNK) rose 12.6 percent to $4.55 in pre-market trading after jumping 171.14 percent on Monday.
    Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) shares rose 10 percent to $16.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and issued strong sales forecast for the second quarter.
    Pareteum Corporation (NASDAQ: TEUM) rose 9.7 percent to $3.05 in pre-market trading after announcing Q1 results.
    Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) rose 8 percent to $9.00 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRGI) rose 7.3 percent to $23.45 in pre-market trading following Q1 results.
    IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG) rose 7.1 percent to $6.09 in pre-market trading after reporting upbeat Q1 earnings.
    TC PipeLines, LP (NYSE: TCP) rose 6.4 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.08 percent on Monday.
    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAST) rose 6.3 percent to $11.75 in pre-market trading fol

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Echostar Co. (NASDAQ:SATS) by 9.2% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 59,929 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,059 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Echostar were worth $3,590,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Echostar Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SATS) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $51.33 and last traded at $52.44, with a volume of 104714 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.79.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
    AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
    Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
    Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
    Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
    Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
    Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
    Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
    ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
    Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
    Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
    NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
    World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
    MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
    Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: j2 Global, Inc.(JCOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    J2 Global (NASDAQ:JCOM) Director W Brian Kretzmer sold 5,942 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.25, for a total value of $518,439.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,764 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $590,159. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: CyberArk Software Ltd.(CYBR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) decreased to 617,000 shares from the previous level of 827,000. Shares were trading at $66.07, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $67.65.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) increased to 1.10 million shares from the previous level of 861,800. Shares were trading at $53.34, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $55.63.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest at CyberArk Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYBR) decreased to 827,000 shares from the previous level of 1.04 million. Shares were trading at $63.21, within a 52-week range of $39.34 to $67.65.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION(SAIC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lou Whiteman]

    The Marine Corps has selected BAE Systems (NASDAQOTH:BAESY) to manufacture its next-generation amphibious combat vehicle, dealing a major setback to the diversification plans of Science Applications International (NYSE:SAIC).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Rich Smith]

    Investors in Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAIC) had a bad week last week: Its stock plunged 8% in a single day after it reported earnings — and ended the week even lower. SAIC shares are clawing back some losses this week — but do they deserve to?

  • [By Rich Smith]

    Let’s start with the story that sparked the rally. Last night, Reuters cited three sources “familiar with the matter” saying that Engility “is exploring a sale” — perhaps to CACI International (NYSE:CACI) or Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC), two peer defense contractors that are both three to four times larger than Engility.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

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    The Top Stock Market Stories for Tuesday
    Last night, President Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. This was the first meeting between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader. Following the agreement, analysts noted that the document signed by both parties included no concrete details for achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Trump responded to criticism by saying he is fully confident that the Korean dictatorship will follow through. A U.S. district court will rule on whether to approve an $85 billion merger between AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). The decision comes after about six weeks of debate in a courtroom. The ruling will likely have a significant impact on the proposed bid by The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) for media giant Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.(NYSE: FOXA). The Fed Open Market Committee kicks off its June meeting today. The U.S. central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the second time in 2018. On Wednesday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will likely announce a hike of 0.25% to the benchmark rate to 2%. This would also mark the seventh hike since December 2015. Markets will be looking for clues during Powell’s conference to determine how many additional times the Fed plans to raise interest rates during the final six months of the year.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: RH, TSLA, GE
    Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. (NYSE: RH) stock popped more than 20% in pre-market hours after the company reported very strong profits for the quarter. The retailer reported earnings per share of $1.33, well above the $1.02 anticipated by analysts. The company also reported a strong second-quarter outlook, news that reduced concerns about it falling short of revenue expectations. Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TS

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc.(MTSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    US Bancorp DE increased its holdings in shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) by 116.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 13,658 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after buying an additional 7,339 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in MACOM Technology Solutions were worth $227,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its position in MACOM Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:MTSI) by 4.3% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 235,430 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after purchasing an additional 9,600 shares during the quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado owned about 0.37% of MACOM Technology Solutions worth $3,908,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) were down 5.6% on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $23.84 and last traded at $24.15. Approximately 1,031,600 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 18% from the average daily volume of 1,262,816 shares. The stock had previously closed at $25.58.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd acquired a new position in shares of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 42,276 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $702,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd owned approximately 0.07% of MACOM Technology Solutions at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    MACOM Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:MTSI) had its target price raised by equities researchers at Stifel Nicolaus from $18.00 to $22.00 in a research report issued to clients and investors on Thursday. The firm currently has a “hold” rating on the semiconductor company’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price would suggest a potential downside of 7.95% from the stock’s previous close.

Top 10 Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.(AAOI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDGL) shares surged 144.96 percent to close at $265.61 on Thursday in reaction to an encouraging Phase 2 clinical trial update. The clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company said its liver-directed, thyroid hormone receptor called MGL-3196 showed a statistical significance in the primary endpoint of lowering liver fat at 12 weeks and also 36 weeks.
    Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VKTX) shares rose 101.01 percent to close at $9.99 on Thursday after falling 4.42 percent on Wednesday.
    Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) jumped 45.58 percent to close at $0.474. The developer of rapid health information technologies said Wednesday afternoon it was granted a 180-day extension from the Nasdaq Stock Market to meet the requirement of a minimum $1.00 per share closing bid price for 10 straight days.
    Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) gained 40.93 percent to close at $3.03 after the FDA approved Kitov's Consensi for the treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension.
    China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRC) rose 28.21 percent to close at $19.86.
    J.Jill, Inc. (NYSE: JILL) climbed 26.45 percent to close at $7.84 after the company posted upbeat quarterly earnings.
    Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS) shares climbed 21.93 percent to close at $2.78 in reaction to an encouraging FDA update. The biotechnology company that focuses on therapies for the treatment of cancer said the FDA granted a Fast Track designation for fimepinostat (CUDC-907) in patients with relapsed or refractory.
    Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL) gained 21.23 percent to close at $7.48.
    Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) rose 16.21 percent to close at $12.83 after reporting upbeat Q1 results.
    The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) jumped 16.2 percent to close at $79.25 as the company announced plans to acquire Dunbar Armored for $520 million in cash.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) rose 15.14 percent to c
  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Media headlines about Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ:AAOI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 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. Applied Optoelectronics earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.3791565969266 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) fell 26 percent to $8.70 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat earnings for its third quarter and issued weak Q4 guidance.
    Caesarstone Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSTE) shares fell 12.5 percent to $16.15 in pre-market trading after the company reported downbeat Q1 results and lowered its FY18 sales forecast.
    MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB) fell 11.7 percent to $38.65 in pre-market trading following mixed Q1 results.
    Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR) fell 10 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 miss.
    Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAOI) shares fell 10 percent to $31.63 in pre-market trading after reporting a Q1 earnings miss at 28 cents per share, 5 cents below estimates.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) fell 7.7 percent to $49.00 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat quarterly earnings.
    MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) fell 6.1 percent to $22.39 in pre-market trading following Q1 earnings.
    Virtu Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) fell 5.3 percent to $31.1604 in pre-market trading after announcing a 15 million share common stock secondary offering.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) shares fell 4.7 percent to $56 in pre-market trading after reporting downbeat Q1 earnings

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