We’ve seen a changing of the guard in technology during recent weeks, as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) continues to sustain new lows and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is hitting fresh all-time highs.
While Google’s market capitalization is significantly lower than Apple’s, institutional investors have been rotating out of the maker of iPads and iPhones and buying shares of Google, which is expanding its horizons beyond Internet search into hardware with Chromebooks and operating systems for Android devices.
While the popular press and financial media continue to dedicate attention to these technology starlets, I’m focused on a less popular tech stock that I believe will make me an equal or greater amount of money.
QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is a $117 billion chip manufacturer that I originally wrote about back on Nov. 30. The company develops technology solutions for a Who’s Who list of manufacturers, including both Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). Samsung’s popular Galaxy SIII, Google’s Motorola Mobility DROID RAZR HD, Nokia’s new Lumia 920, and Dell’s XPS 10 tablet all have Snapdragon processors developed by QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM). The company also manufactures the 4G LTE modem and multi-band/mode RF transceiver in Apple’s iPhone 5.
|Apple ||Google ||Qualcomm |
|Market Cap ($)||404.9 billion||276.5 billion||116.8 billion|
|Ann. Dividend / Yield||$10.60/2.52%||—||$1.40/2.10%|
Although Qualcomm has risen 7% in the last 3 months, here are four reasons why the stock is going much higher to $80 per share:
Earnings are expected to grow 11% this year, while sales are forecast to increase approximately 20%. Qualcomm unveiled two new families of Snapdragon processors at the Consumer Electronics Show back in January, and industry analysts unanimously agree that the company’s latest offerings continue to upstage competitors such as Intel.
On March 5, QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) announced a massive 40 percent increase in its quarterly dividend for a record $1.40 annual payout. Management also instituted a new $5.0 billion share repurchase program, replacing an existing $4 billion program ($2.5 billion remaining). The announcement comes at a time when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) management has remained deaf to shareholders.
The company has significantly beaten expectations and raised guidance in the last two consecutive quarters. This is reminiscent of Apple in its heyday, when the company would consistently raise the bar.
Dan Niles, Senior Portfolio Manager at AlphaOne Capital Partners, recently labeled Qualcomm “the best growth stock in technology” in the same context when he was discussing Apple and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).