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Are There Any Cheap Tech Stocks?

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  • (0:30) - Tech Industry: Where Is The Value?
  • (1:50) - Stock Screener By Industry Sector
  • (5:00) - Tracey's Top Stock Picks
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Welcome to Episode #63 of the Value Investor Podcast

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio service, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

With stocks still hitting new all-time highs, and one of the most popular sectors being technology, Tracey decided to check and see if there were any stocks that qualified as values.

She ran a screen of stocks with P/Es under 15 and Zacks Computer and Technology sector. Zacks has 18 stock sectors and 265 industries. It's easier to screen by sector because you get a broader range of stocks.

In this case, the screen produced just 18 stocks and that's without even adding a good Zacks Rank.

Out of those stocks, Tracey picked 5 that had interesting stories.

5 Cheap Tech Stocks Right Now

1.      KT Corporation KT was formerly known as Korea Telecom. It has a forward P/E of just 9.7 and also has a cheap P/B and P/S ratio. But, yes, it's headquartered and does business in South Korea. Are you willing to dive into that risk with all the geopolitical jitters?

2.     Micron MU already reported earnings and saw revenue up over 90%. It's super cheap, with a forward P/E of just 5.6 as the earnings estimates have been soaring. But can it keep up this pace past fiscal 2018?

3.     Western Digital WDC, the storage company, has been lagging in 2017. It's also really cheap, with a forward P/E of 7.4. You'll get a dividend for your troubles, currently paying 2.3%. Investors might want to check in on the upcoming earnings conference call.

4.     J2 Global JCOM has two business segments: cloud based communications and digital media. It owns Geek.com, PC Magazine and Everyday Health, as well as others. This mid-cap has a forward P/E of just 13.8.

5.     IEC Electronics IEC is a micro-cap New York company that manufactures complex devices in the medical, aerospace & defense and industrial industries. It has a forward P/E of just 7.6. Best to do your research because Zacks only has one analyst estimate on the company.

While cheap technology stocks do exist, there aren't many.

As always do your own research into why the stocks are trading well below the overall market. During earnings season, listen to the conference calls. Check those fundamentals and what is going on with the business.

What else should you know about cheap tech stocks?

Tune into this week's podcast to find out.

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