If you are bullish on technology, Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and TE Connectivity Ltd (NYSE:TEL) are two stocks to consider buying. They have witnessed a rally but are largely in “turnaround mode.” Both companies were previously the subject of investor anxiety due to poor macro trends, but have their growth stories since changed? Below, I consider the momentum and growth opportunities of the two companies.
Watch this Gorilla
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) is one of the world’s largest glass and ceramics manufacturer whose products are used in more than 1 billion devices worldwide. For all the fears surrounding LCDs, the company has done surprisingly well. Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW)’s new Gorilla Glass 3 is targeting the “phablet” market, a smartphone/tablet combination, which is a phone but uses a screen larger than 5”. Last year, the phablet market saw a sale of 25.5 million units, and this year, it’s expected to exceed 60 million — most of these products will use the highly resistant Gorilla Glass.
Why is Gorilla Glass 3 better than Gorilla Glass 2? It has a much more resistant surface for better scratch and damage protection and will be first used in products somewhere around mid-2013.
I also like the company’s Willow Glass. This product is highly relevant for the relentless waves of consumer electronics innovation. It is a highly flexible glass that will enable companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to move beyond the traditional flat surface.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly looking into marketing an iWatch that will inevitably have to use Willow Glass.
At around 12.1 times trailing earnings, Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) is reasonably priced. The PEG ratio is around 1, so growth expectations have been fully factored into the stock price. And the company is very liquid with a current ratio of 5.2, so it can easily pursue accretive takeover opportunities without meaningfully threatening its credit rating.
A buy despite weakness?
TE Connectivity Ltd (NYSE:TEL), a Swiss company, saw growth in most states in its first quarter of 2013. Revenue in Pennsylvania alone went up to $277 million, $17 million more than in the same period last year. But, this still did not meet expectations. Weakness was seen in Oregon, where losses have piled up from high capital expenditures. Ultimately, the company has lowered top-line guidance as a result of soft momentum.
The company is now planning to downsize its medical division by 137 workers — half of which will be processed immediately and the other half in the following month. I believe, however, that the bar has been set low.