BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Large-cap technology stocks are trading at cheap prices. Investors seeking growth with a margin of safety should consider the following companies.
makes computer hardware and offers consulting services worldwide. Since 2007, it has increased revenue 7.4% annually, on average, and boosted earnings per share 16% a year. Its stock has remained flat over that period.
: Fiscal second-quarter profit increased 28% to $2.2 billion, or 91 cents a share, as revenue grew 13%. The operating margin inched up from 9% to 10%. Hewlett-Packard has $14 billion of cash and $18 billion of debt, equal to a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.4.
: Hewlett-Packard has advanced 22% in the past year, beating indices. Its PEG ratio, a measure of value relative to growth, of 0.3 reflects a 70% discount to estimated fair value. Its price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 9.1 is 44% below the peer average.
: Of analysts covering Hewlett-Packard, 28, or 80%, advise purchasing its shares and seven recommend holding them.
offers a target of $65, leaving a potential return of 42%.
predicts the stock will hit $62.50.
designs systems software to help businesses manage and increase their operations. During the past three years, it has expanded sales 12% annually, on average, and grown earnings 12% a year, which helped its stock achieve annualized gains of 5%.
: Fiscal third-quarter profit decreased 10% to $1.2 billion, or 23 cents, as revenue increased 17%. The operating margin narrowed from 36% to 34%. Oracle has $17 billion of cash and $16 billion of debt, converting to a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.6.
: Oracle has appreciated 3.2% during the past 12 months, lagging behind U.S. benchmarks. It sells for a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 11, a 44% discount to its peer average. Its PEG ratio of 0.4 demonstrates a 60% discount to projected fair value.
: Of researchers following Oracle, 31, or 78%, rate its stock "buy," eight rate it "hold" and one ranks it "sell."
values Oracle at $32, leaving 48% of potential upside.
expects the stock to hit $31.
sells hardware and software worldwide, including the Windows operating system. Since 2007, it has increased revenue 6.3% a year, on average, and expanded earnings per share 12% a year. Its stock has declined 5% a year over the same span.
: Fiscal third-quarter profit climbed 35% to $4 billion, or 45 cents, as revenue increased 6.3%. The operating margin rose from 35% to 36%. Microsoft has $40 billion of cash and $6 billion of debt, translating to a quick ratio of 1.9 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.1.
: Microsoft has risen 13% during the past year, matching the
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. It trades at a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 11, a 46% discount to its peer average. Its PEG ratio of 0.5 reflects a 50% discount to estimated fair value.
: Of firms rating Microsoft, 28, or 78%, advocate purchasing its shares and eight recommend holding them.
forecasts that the stock will rise 61% to $40.
predicts that the shares will climb 53% to $38.
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-- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston.