The tech sector stands out as one of the best starting points for investors seeking lifechanging returns. In addition to many companies in the space having highly scalable business models, technology also plays a decisive role in shaping nearly every other business sector…
We asked three Motley Fool contributors to profile their top tech pick for the new year. Read on to see why they think Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU), salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) are on track to be huge winners.
Looking for huge gains? Start small
Keith Noonan (Glu Mobile): When it comes to naming top tech stocks for 2021, Glu Mobile admittedly might look like a bit of a strange pick. If you asked video game fans and industry watchers to name the most powerful and influential companies in the space, you probably wouldn’t get many respondents offering up Glu Mobile.
Activision Blizzard, Tencent, and Take-Two Interactive are just a few of the many names in the industry that are substantially larger and more resource-rich than Glu. This is a small-cap company valued at roughly $1.6 billion, but there’s also a lot to like about the stock at current prices.
For one, the valuation still looks quite reasonable in the context of strong performance and long-term growth tailwinds for the industry. The company’s shares trade at about 17.5 times this year’s expected earnings and just 2.5 times expected sales. Glu might not be able to match the titans of the industry with regards to development and marketing budgets, but it’s got a solid collection of video game properties that are delivering reliable performance.
These franchises are putting up strong results thanks to ongoing content updates that are keeping players engaged, and management projects that its current lineup alone will be enough to drive bookings up between 8% and 10% next year. Glu is also set to release four new intellectual properties in 2021, which signals that the business could be heading into a dramatic new growth phase.
In my book, Glu Mobile stock currently epitomizes the concept of “growth at a reasonable price.” Its core franchises are putting up solid performance, major new releases are on the way, and the company will likely make acquisition moves in the near future to accelerate its growth. It’s also experimenting with integrating real-world e-commerce stores into its titles. The stock still looks cheaply valued, and success for even a small number of its growth bets could send this small cap soaring.
The cloud software titan
Joe Tenebruso (Salesforce): Successful tech investing often comes down to identifying powerful long-term trends. Cloud computing, big data, and remote work are three such megatrends — and at their intersection lies Salesforce.
Salesforce is the global leader in cloud-based customer relationship software. It dominates the industry, with a market share that’s larger than its four closest competitors combined…
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