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8 Big Technology Stocks Leading the Market

Stocks in this article: RAXSTXLNKDTDCCTRXCRMRHTGIB

8. CGI Group (GIB)

Company profile: CGI Group, with a market value of $6 billion, provides a range of IT and business-process services to clients worldwide.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 42% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 37%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, 10 "buy/holds," six "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of $1.60 per share this year, and rising 44% to $2.31per share next year.

7. Red Hat (RHT)

Company profile: Red Hat, with a market value of $ 11 billion, is a provider of Linux operating systems and related middleware and virtualization software.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 43% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 36%. Analysts give its shares 11 "buy" ratings, eight "buy/holds," nine "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of $1.19 per share this year and growth of 20% to $1.43 per share next year.

6. Salesforce.com (CRM)

Company profile: Salesforce.com, with a market value of $21 billion, is a leading provider of on-demand customer-relationship-management applications via the Internet or cloud computing. Its Software as a Service, or SaaS, provides a range of specialized services from its data centers.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 47% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 41 %. Analysts are all over the place with their ratings, giving its shares 20 "buy" ratings, 14 "buy/holds," three "holds," one "weak hold," and four "sells," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Its shares have a current forward P/E of 88.6. S&P recently raised its 12-month target price to $150 from $140, or just below its current share price of $149.74.

5. Rackspace (RAX)

Company profile: Rackspace, with a market value of $8 billion, is a provider of cloud computing services, managing Web-based IT systems for small and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises worldwide.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 50% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 68%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," 10 "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. It has a forward P/E of a lofty 52.7.

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