Tech Stocks — What to Buy and Avoid: Analyst

Be careful with tech in 2011, cautioned Richard Davis, managing director and senior software analyst at Canaccord Genuity.

Tech stocks have been the high flyers this year, with the Nasdaqbeating both the Dowand S&P 500indices. But Davis advised that going forward, investors must watch out for stocks that might be too pricey.

“As a general sense, we’re bullish on software, but there’s going to be a shift from growth-at-any-price to growth-at-a-reasonable-price,” he told CNBC. “So this year’s winners could take a pause for the next 2 or 3 quarters.” (Watch the Full Interview With Davis Here.)

Companies that look expensive include Logmein, Realpage, Opentable, Successfactors and, said Davis.


“They’re all good companies, but they are trading at 8.5 times 2011 revenues and at over 100 on a P/E basis,” he explained.

Instead, Davis favors the following firms:

Pegasystems—“Think of them as the UN translator for software,” he explained. “They link together applications that don’t talk to each other—so that saves companies money.”

Constant Contact—“They sell themselves to the small business community,” he said of the firm. “They help you do marketing, email or social media connections and the small and mid-size businesses are seeing a pick up.”


Intuit—“They’re trying to make a big move into India.”

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