dividend increase Tech Stocks For 2016

Given the horrible first week of the trading year, many stocks are now at attractive valuations. Cantor Fitzgerald has chosen 6 Internet stocks they are positive on, while TheStreet has picked 5 different tech stocks they feel are due for a rebound given recent declines.

Cantor's Internet Stock Picks

Large-cap Internet stocks generally performed better than smaller stocks in 2015, and Cantor Fitzgerald expects 2016 will once again be "a stock picker's market." They favor "high-quality names with identifiable catalysts at reasonable valuation," but stocks which have doubled like Netflix and Amazon, "will be challenged to show a repeat of 2015 in our view, considering raised expectations and current valuations."

Cantor's Internet picks for 2016:

Pick Symbol Recent
Target Price
Facebook FB 99.25 130
Alphabet GOOGL 721.12 880
Expedia EXPE 113.39 180
LinkedIn LNKD 218.12 300
Shutterstock SSTK 32.68 65
ComScore SCOR 37.62 60

TheStreet's Tech Stock Picks

While investors run for the doors with reckless abandon, TheStreet feels what they should be doing is looking for opportunities among the reduced valuations. When putting together their list, TheStreet focused on three things: strong fundamentals, supporting technical patterns and signs that the stock is not "overloved." The last factor is vital, as stocks that are saturated with bullish investors tend to be sold more heavily during pullbacks as investors rush to sell.

TheStreet's "timely buys" tech picks:

Pick Symbol Recent
Target Price
Broadcom BRCM 54.58 65
Adobe Systems ADBE 88.64 110
Advanced Micro Devices AMD 2.16 3
Microsoft MSFT 52.68 60
Nvidia NVDA 30.15 36

Covered Calls On Tech Stocks

All of the 11 picks above trade weekly options except ADBE, SCOR, SSTK. If we plug the other 8 into Born To Sell's weekly covered call Watachlist for the Jan 22 expiration, we find many at-the-money or in-the-money covered calls that offer annualized returns of 17% or more (with no earnings before expiration):

Tech Stock covered calls for January 22 expiration

If we plug in all 11 picks and set the expiration date to the nearest monthly expiration (which is only 5 trading days away), we find 2 stocks offering good returns by Jan 15:

Tech Stock covered calls for January 15 expiration

By going out to the Feb 19 monthly expiration we find several more offering good returns, but all of them have an earnings release prior to the expiration:

Tech Stock covered calls for February 19 expiration

Tech stocks can be fickle animals. They rarely pay dividends and they can be tremendous momentum plays sometimes. However, sometimes they benefit from real growth as consumers adopt their technology and the firms benefit from the leverage and high margins that patented technology can provide.

As always, these are not trade recommendations. They are candidate trades based on picks from Cantor Fitzgerald and TheStreet. Do your own research, keep position sizes modest, and stay diversified.

Mike Scanlin is the founder of Born To Sell and has been writing covered calls for a long time.

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