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Cramer's battle of old vs new technology: Why the charts say you need both

Typically, the technology sector is divided between companies branded as old tech and those deemed to be new. Jim Cramer has found that investors often ignore the old tech, and only focus on the newer companies offering sexier growth.

But old tech offers something that newer tech does not: value.

Companies like Cisco, Intel and IBM have cheap stocks and yields in excess of 3 percent.

"In other words, they are a totally different kind of investment," the "Mad Money" host said.

Cramer turned to Tim Collins, a technician and colleague at RealMoney.com, who pointed out that there is no need to choose between old and new technology. Collins noted that owning one value tech stock and one growth tech stock could be what investors need for a diversified portfolio.

"The truth is, you should be looking for opportunities wherever they can be found," Cramer said.






Collins' favorite old tech name was Cisco Systems. Looking at the charts reaching back two years, he found that the stock is currently testing the highs it made late November. Last week the stock pushed through its ceiling of resistance, which told Collins that it needs to stay above that close and not fall under the long-term resistance line.

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As long as the stock stays above $28, Collins think the breakout is the real deal.

However, Collins thinks that the time to pounce on the stock is now. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence Indicator, or MACD, is used to confirm changes in a stock's trajectory. Cisco's MACD indicator is teetering on moving into positive territory. This is the same move that has been a win for shareholders in the past.

As for new tech, Collins favored Qorvo, the semiconductor company that powers the average cellphone.

According to its weekly chart, Collins says that the stock has finally started to find its footing when it broke out above its range of $50 this week. The real key to the charts was that Collins noted a bullish crossover on the charts. Typically this kind of a crossover precedes a 20 percent or more move.

Collins recommended playing Qorvo up to $58, and if it gets there, to revisit the monthly chart to decide if it is time to ring the register.

"Stop thinking in terms of new tech versus old tech. There are opportunities in both," Cramer said.

As for Cramer, he agreed on Cisco, but his choice for a play in semiconductors is still NXP Semiconductors.

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