The bull market is now seven and a half years old. Stocks are valued high at 18 times forward 12-month earnings. It’s an election year, and investors keep proving over and over that they want to buy their favorite stocks on pullbacks.
24/7 Wall St. has seen many warnings that the market is overlooking. Still, some stocks have continued to surge day in and day out. The technology sector has been hot in 2016, and some of the stocks have such strong charts that their fundamentals may not even matter to technicians. Pure technicians, or chartists, may not necessarily pay that much attention to the news feeds and they certainly overlook things like P/E ratios, EBITDA growth, debt-to-equity, dividend coverage and other ratios that traditional investors would care about.
We have tracked seven technology stocks that have just managed to defy gravity of late. Not all are taking out their all-time highs, but many are.
As a reminder, for a stock to be strong it means much of the gains have already been seen. Technicians follow trends until the trends no longer work, then they move on to something else. Another issue to consider is that by the time many charts get written about the moves may be closer to an end rather than the start of something new.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) rose 2.24% to $7.51 on Friday, and the stock just seems to keep defying the skeptical investors. The driver here is graphics, as well as virtual reality and artificial intelligence (AI) and learning. AMD last saw Jefferies raise its price target to $9 from $6.75 with a Buy rating, and Canaccord Genuity just recently said that AMD is even becoming competitive to Intel again in terms of personal computing CPUs. As far as valuations go, AMD is expected to lose money in 2016, and most analysts still expect losses in 2017.
Shares of AMD were last seen trading at $7.38, with a consensus analyst price target of $5.70 and a 52-week trading range of $1.65 to $8.00.
Almost without notice, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) managed to hit yet another all-time high on Friday. Many of us still think of Amazon as the endless shopping mall that extends right to your front door, but its Amazon Web Services unit is also a driving force. Amazon hasn’t traded on a rational earnings valuation for so long that there is almost no reason to point out that its shares are valued even at 80 times 2017 earnings.
Amazon hit an all-time high of $776.00 on Friday, up from a 52-week low of $474.00. Its consensus price target is $870.33.
NVIDIA Inc. (NASDAQ: NVDA) is winning from graphics, but mobile and smaller processing is also helping. The company is not only a winner in graphics, but AI, learning and much more. The stock also has risen handily, despite a 1% drop on Friday to $62.53. It is loved, with analysts chasing targets much higher after solid earnings. NVIDIA has been around for years and years now and is still valued at about 35 times expected 2016 earnings.
NVIDIA has a consensus price target of $64.72 and a 52-week trading range of $21.74 to $63.50.