It’s all around us, just look. Everywhere people are looking at phones and tablets. Networks are streaming their programming so it can be watched through the apps anywhere and just about at any time. The huge proliferation in streaming, cloud storage, data on demand and much more is forcing everybody from the telecom companies to the cable companies to expand and increase their resources to deliver what the consumer wants.
In a new Deutsche Bank research report focuses on the stocks the analysts feel are benefiting the most from this huge and ever increasing demand. With service providers increasing orders, the top networking stocks are generating business from an increasing number of information technology engagements in software and cloud-based mobile packet core, digital video, business services and more.
Deutsche Bank has four top companies rated Buy that make very good sense for aggressive growth accounts looking to add networking technology companies.
This is one of the top technology stock picks on Wall Street and is Deutsche Bank’s top mega-cap pick in networking. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) posted outstanding earnings earlier this month, and many on Wall Street have significantly raised their price targets for the networking giant. Cisco is also one of the 24/7 Wall St. top 10 stocks to own for the next decade.
Cisco won an important contract last year for the Verizon build-out of the company’s next-generation 100G metro network. While Cisco’s optical business is small as a part of total revenue, this win is seen by Wall Street as a significant endorsement of the investments Cisco has made into its optics business.
Analysts across Wall Street point to an estimated double-digit bookings momentum for Cisco’s Meraki Cloud Services. Many think that Meraki is likely to be a $1 billion or more run-rate business this year, with an incredible 50% to 70% compounded annual growth rate. A jump from 40 GE to 100 GE data center switching and next generation security are also adding to the total sales profile and product mix.
The company recently introduced its new network functions virtualization infrastructure solution, combining virtual and physical environments, as well as providing all the necessary compute, storage and networking infrastructure to run NFV network services. The ability to stay ahead of competition keeps Cisco at the forefront of technology.
Cisco investors are paid a very solid 3.95% dividend. The Deutsche Bank price target for the stock is $33, and the Thomson/First Call consensus price target is set at $31.02. The shares closed most recently at $26.60.
This is a solid technology stock that has been on a long roller-coaster ride for investors over the past two years. Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) is a provider of high-performance network infrastructure to service providers and enterprises. Its key products include IP-based routers for service provider core and edge networks, security solutions and high-end enterprise routing equipment. Juniper’s products support converged data, voice, video and wireless applications across extended networks.
The stock has taken a big hit since printing highs in November and is back to a very solid support level for investors looking to buy shares. For the fourth quarter, the company posted solid numbers, but the forward guidance left much to be desired, and the stock was hit hard yet again. Much of the lowered guidance was attributed to currency issues, and Deutsche Bank sees the company as another that will benefit from the big data center refresh this year.
Juniper Networks investors are paid a 1.61% dividend. Deutsche Bank has a $31 price objective, and the consensus target price is at $28.93. The stock closed Thursday at $24.96 per share.