Sunday, June 29, 2014

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2014

The high end of the cell phone market is a lucrative, but highly competitive space. Consumers have fairly straightforward choices when it comes to iPhones or Windows devices, but there are more confusing choices among the Android phones.

In this multipart review series, Motley Fool analysts Eric Bleeker and Rex Moore look at three of the Android giants: the HTC One, Nexus 4, and Samsung Galaxy S4, and how they stack up against each other as well as the non-Android competition. In today's video, Eric and Rex do a quick feature comparison and give their bottom line on the best Android phone for your money.

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Top 10 International Stocks To Buy Right Now: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.(CHKP)

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. develops, markets, and supports a range of software, and combined hardware and software products and services for information technology (IT) security applications worldwide. The company offers a range of network and gateway security solutions, data and endpoint security solutions, and management solutions. Its network security gateways enables its customers to implement their security policies on network traffic between internal networks and the Internet, as well as between internal networks and private networks that are shared with partners. The company?s endpoint security solutions provide various software blades that run on individual computers connected to the network, such as desktop computers, laptop computers, and other mobile devices. It also offers technical services consisting of technical customer support programs and plans, such as enterprise based support and collaborative enterprise support; certification and education al training on the checkpoint?s products; and professional services in implementing, upgrading, and optimizing checkpoint?s products, including design planning, security implementation, and project management services. In addition, the company offers ZoneAlarm solutions that protect consumers from hackers, spyware, and identity theft. It sells its products and services through a network of channel partners, including distributors, resellers, value-added resellers, system integrators, and managed services providers to enterprises, service providers, small and medium sized businesses, and consumers. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By John Moore]

    Hackers, phrackers, and crackers continuously find loopholes, gaps, and other open doors into our data. No matter how complex the information security or how strong the firewall, threats will persist -- and sometimes circumvent even the best-designed security technologies. The general public's new realization of just how serious cyber threats are has put cybersecurity firms in the spotlight. Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA  ) , F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV  ) , and Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ: CHKP  ) are three cybersecurity firms to watch in 2014.

  • [By Eshna Basu]

    Juniper is optimistic about the wide acceptance of the SDN technology. Hence, it is working closely with technology partners such as IBM (IBM), Check Point (CHKP), Red Hat (RHT) and Riverbed (RVBD) to make SDN deployments easy and fast.

  • [By Sally Jones]

    Here�� a drill-down on two Internet technology (IT) stocks in David Tepper�� portfolio that are doing well and seem to have the technology ��t factor.��NetApp Inc. (NTAP) is a data storage provider that customizes solutions for a wide variety of applications, such as enabling original equipment manufacturers to offer IT and storage solutions that serve specific customer requirements. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP) from Israel is on a global mission to make the Internet secure, also via IT security.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2014: France Telecom S.A.(FTE)

France Telecom provides fixed telephony and mobile telecommunications, data transmission, Internet and multimedia, and other value-added services to consumers, businesses, and telecommunications operators. It also offers personal and home communication services, business network services, international carriers and shared services, and integration and outsourcing services for communication applications. The company operates in France, Spain, Poland, the United Kingdom, and internationally. France Telecom was founded in 1990 and is based in Paris, France.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Sofia Horta e Costa]

    Barclays Plc (BARC) fell to a one-month low as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. sold a stake in the lender. Fiat SpA lost 6.5 percent as Chrysler Group LLC went in for a vehicle recall. France Telecom SA (FTE) rose after its Orange Business Services unit won a five-year deal to deploy a private network for Heineken NV. Johnson Matthey Plc (JMAT) jumped to its highest price in at least 23 years after posting full-year profit that beat estimates.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2014: Verisk Analytics Inc (VRSK)

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Verisk) is a provider of information about risk to professionals in insurance, healthcare, mortgage, government, supply chain, and risk management. Verisk enable risk-bearing businesses to understand and manage their risks. The Company provides its customers by supplying data that, combined with its analytic methods, creates embedded decision support solutions. Verisk organizes its business in two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment provides statistical, actuarial and underwriting data for the United States property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. Its Decision Analytics segment provides solutions its customers use to analyze the processes of the Verisk Risk Analysis Framework: Prediction of Loss, Detection and Prevention of Fraud, and Quantification of Loss. On June 17, 2011, it acquired the net assets of Health Risk Partners, LLC (HRP). On April 27, 2011, it acquired 100% interest of Bloodhound Technologies, Inc. (Bloodhound).

Risk Assessment Segment

Verisk�� Risk Assessment segment serves P&C insurance customers and focuses on the first two decision making processes in its Risk Analysis Framework: loss prediction, and selection and pricing of risk. The Company also provides solutions to help its insurance customers comply with their reporting requirements in each United States in which they operate. The Company�� customer includes most of the P&C insurance providers in the United States. It aggregates the data and, as a licensed statistical agent in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, it reports these statistics to insurance regulators. The Company uses its technology to assemble, organize and update amounts of detailed information submitted by its customers. It supplements this data with publicly available information. Each year, P&C insurers send the Company approximately 2.9 billion detailed individual records of insurance transactions, such as insurance premiums collected ! or losses incurred. It maintains a database of over 15.8 billion statistical records, including approximately 6.1 billion commercial lines records and approximately 9.7 billion personal lines records. It collects unit-transaction detail of each premium and loss record, which enhances the validity, reliability and accuracy of the data sets and its actuarial analyses.

The Company provides actuarial services to help its customers price their risks as they underwrite. It projects future losses and loss expenses utilizing a range of data. It provides loss costs by coverage, class, territory, and many other categories. Its customers can use its estimates of future loss costs in making independent decisions about the prices charged for their policies. It makes a number of actuarial adjustments, including loss development and loss adjustment expenses before the data is used to estimate future loss costs. Its actuarial services are also used to create the analytics underlying its industry-standard insurance programs. In addition, its actuarial consultants provide customized services for its clients, which include assisting them with the development of independent insurance programs, analysis of their own underwriting experience, development of classification systems and rating plans, and a wide variety of other business decisions. It also supplies information to a range of customers in other markets, including reinsurance, government agencies and real estate.

The Company gathers information on individual properties and communities. Its property-specific rating and underwriting information allow the customers to understand, quantify, underwrite, mitigate, and avoid potential loss for residential and commercial properties. Its database contains loss costs and other vital information on over 3.3 million commercial buildings in the United States and also holds information on more than six million individual businesses occupying those buildings. It also provides analytic measures of the ab! ility of ! individual communities to mitigate losses from important perils. It provides field-verified and validated data on the fire protection services for more than 46,000 fire response jurisdictions. It also offers services to evaluate the effectiveness of community enforcement of building codes. It provides information on the insurance rating territories, premium taxes, crime risk, and hazards of windstorm, earthquake, wildfire, and other perils.

The Company competes with National Independent Statistical Service, the Independent Statistical Service, American Association of Insurance Services, Mutual Services Organization, Overland Solutions, Inc., Regional Reporting, Inc., CDS, Inc., Deloitte Consulting LLP, Pinnacle Consulting and EMB.

Decision Analytics Segment

In the Decision Analytics segment, the Company supports all four phases of its Risk Analysis Framework. It develops predictive models to forecast scenarios and produce both standard and customized analytics. It is a provider of fraud-detection tools for the P&C insurance industry. Its fraud solutions improve its customers��profitability by both predicting the likelihood that fraud is occurring and detecting suspicious activity after it has occurred. When a claim is submitted, its system searches its database and returns information about other claims filed by the same individuals or businesses (either as claimants or insurers), which help the customers determine if fraud has occurred. Its system also includes name and address searching to perform intelligent searches and improve the overall quality of the matches.

The Company provides data, analytic and networking products for professionals involved in estimating all phases of building repair and reconstruction. It provides solutions for every phase of a building�� life, including quantifying the ultimate cost of repair or reconstruction of damaged or destroyed buildings; aiding in the settlement of insurance claims, and tracking the process o! f repair ! or reconstruction and facilitating communication among insurers, adjusters, contractors and policyholders. It also offers customers access to wholesale and retail price lists, which include structural repair and restoration pricing for 467 separate economic areas in North America.

The Company�� database contains information on nearly 800 million claims. Insurers and other participants submit new claim reports, more than 239,000 a day on average, across all categories of the United States P&C insurance industry. It also provides a service allowing insurers to report thefts of automobiles and property; a service that helps owners and insurers recover stolen heavy construction and agricultural equipment; a scoring system that helps distinguish between suspicious and meritorious claims, and products that use link-analysis technology to help visualize and fight insurance fraud. The Company is a provider of automated fraud detection, compliance and decision-support tools for the mortgage industry. Utilizing its own loan level application database combined with actual mortgage loan performance data, it has established a risk scoring system which increases its customers��ability to detect fraud.

The Company provides solutions that detect fraud through each step of the mortgage lifecycle and provide regulatory compliance solutions that perform instant compliance reviews of each mortgage application. Its database contains more than 21 million current and historical loan applications collected over the past ten years. This database contains data from loan applications, as well as supplementary third-party data. It also provides forensic audit services for the mortgage origination and mortgage insurance industries. Its predictive screening tools predict, which defaulted loans are the candidates for full audits for the purpose of detecting fraud.

The Company offers solutions that help healthcare claims payors detect fraud, abuse and overpayment. It runs its customers��cla! ims throu! gh its analytic system to identify potential fraud, abuse and overpayment, and then a registered nurse, physician or other clinical specialist skilled in coding and reimbursement decisions reviews all suspect claims and billing patterns. It analyzes the patterns of claims produced by individual physicians, physicians��practices, hospitals, dentists, and pharmacies to locate the sources of fraud. It also offers Web-based reporting tools that let payors take definitive action to prevent overpayments or payment of fraudulent claims. The tools provide the documentation that helps to identify, investigate and prevent abusive and fraudulent activity by providers.

The Company is a provider of healthcare business intelligence and predictive modeling. It provides analytical and reporting systems to health insurers, provider organizations and self-insured employers. Those organizations use its solutions to review their healthcare data, including information on claims, membership, providers and utilization, and provide cost trends, forecasts and actuarial, financial and utilization analyses. It also provides its customers healthcare services using complex clinical analyses to uncover reasons behind cost and utilization increases. It provides financial and actuarial analyses, clinical, technical and implementation services and training services to help its customers manage costs and risks to their practices.

The Company competes with Risk Management Solutions, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, MSB, Solera, Computer Sciences Corporation, Fair Isaac Corporation, OptumInsight, McKesson, Medstat, MedAssurant, iHealth, CoreLogic and DataVerify Corporation.

Advisors' Opinion:

    Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK), a provider of data and analytics to insurance, health care and financial end markets, declined on tepid results for the fourth quarter 2013. Trends in its health care unit improved modestly, although this strength was offset by slightly slower growth in its core insurance units. Verisk is investing aggressively across its businesses to broaden and deepen its set of data and analytics, particularly in healthcare, where we believe the long-term opportunity is significant. While this investment weighs on near-term margins, we are confident that this strategy will lead to sustained organic growth.

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Verisk Analytics Inc.(VRSK) agreed to acquire EagleView Technology Corp. for $637 million, a move the company expects will enhance its position in the imagery analytics market.

Top 5 Tech Stocks To Buy For 2014: VirnetX Holding Corp(VHC)

VirnetX Holding Corporation engages in developing and commercializing software and technology solutions for securing real-time communications over the Internet. Its software and technology solutions, which include secure domain name registry and GABRIEL Connection Technology, facilitate secure communications and create a secure environment for real-time communication applications, such as instant messaging, voice over Internet protocol, smart phones, eReaders, and video conferencing. The company focuses on commercializing its technology to original equipment manufacturers within the IP-telephony, mobility, fixed-mobile convergence, and unified communications markets. VirnetX Holding Corporation was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California.

Advisors' Opinion:
  • [By Evan Niu, CFA]

    What: Shares of VirnetX (NYSEMKT: VHC  ) have jumped today by as much as 12% after the company announced that it has identified an additional developing specification related to its 3GPP LTE, SAE project.

  • [By EXPstocktrader]

    If you read my last article involving Apple (AAPL) you were able to deduce that Apple lost its court battle with VirnetX (VHC). Shortly thereafter, Apple said that it was ready to "remove" the VPN On Demand feature due to VirnetX law suit that it had recently lost. Surely, its customers must be up in arms about that statement.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    While there's no denying that Vringo, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNG) and VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEMKT:VHC) have made a big name for themselves - not to mention made big, even if uneven, gains for shareholder of VHC and VRNG - within the worked of intellectual property enforcement, bigger isn't always better. Smaller companies in the IP arena have a focus and flexibility that larger players like VirnetX and Vringo could never enjoy. Take, for instance, Endeavor IP Inc. (OTCBB:ENIP). This little patent owner may not look like much at first glance, but just ask the four organizations that have already entered licensing deals with ENIP and/or the four, well, now five companies that are currently litigating against Endeavor IP.... this little outfit packs a huge punch.

  • [By Richard Lomas]

    Further declines in profit margins will most likely cause further declines in share price. One key upcoming event could have a significant impact on Apple's profit margin, the setting of a royalty rate for Apple's products that infringe on Virnetx (VHC) patents. Apple was sued by Virnetx for infringing on its data security patents with the trial concluding in November, 2012, with a Virnetx victory. After many motions and negotiations no settlement has been reached between Virnetx and Apple. Judge Davis is expected to rule shortly (probably within the next two weeks) on a royalty rate for the offending products. The royalty rate could be set anywhere between .5% to 1.5% and possibly even more. As this royalty rate will apply to all infringing products, (iPhone, iPad, and others supporting Face Time and iMessage), this will have a direct effect on Apple's profit margin which will also impact stock price.

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