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5 More Tech Stocks That Will Make Me Rich

Welcome back to Week 2 of the Big Idea Portfolio. Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD  ) and (NYSE: CRM  ) led the way for me as investors bought on new evidence of increased business momentum. Details below, but first let's dig into the numbers:


Starting Price*

Recent Price

Total Return

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) $422.46 $421.39 (0.25%)
Google $650.09 $629.64 (3.15%)
Rackspace Hosting $41.65 $43.19 3.69%
Riverbed Technology $25.95 $27.16 4.67% $100.93 $105.68 4.71%
AVERAGE RETURN -- -- 1.93%
S&P 500 SPDR $127.71 $129.51 1.41%
DIFFERENCE -- -- 0.52

Source: Yahoo! Finance.
* Tracking began at market close on Jan. 6, 2012.
** Adjusted for dividends and other returns of capital.

One week doesn't make a trend, so let's just call this contest even for now. Yet I'm encouraged by what I'm already seeing from my picks. Riverbed purchased the intellectual property of Israeli competitor Expand Networks out of bankruptcy without assuming any new liabilities. It's a smart move that should further enhance Riverbed's much-appreciated technical advantages in speeding content delivery over private networks.

Over at, CEO Marc Benioff took to Twitter to solve a customer problem personally. The effort has since won loyalty "for life" and demonstrates Benioff's commitment to transforming into the sort of "social enterprise" that he talked up during a September conference with developers, customers, and partners.

The week that was
Successful bond auctions in Italy and Spain -- a sign of better days for beleaguered Europe -- helped spur a nice rally in equities this week that ended only when U.S. officials reported weaker-than-expected retail sales and discouraging jobless data. The implication? We've yet to recover fully as a global economy. Yale economist Robert Shiller says that should have officials thinking about injecting more stimulus into the system. Bond guru Bill Gross isn't so sure it would help.

Even so, my Foolish colleague Morgan Housel offers reason for optimism. Decades of research show that booms follow busts, and in the case of the stock market, cycles tend to run 15 years long. Thus, the Lost Decade puts us that much closer to a sustained rally in equity prices. Or so it would seem.

Trouble is, stocks don't rise without catalysts, and unfortunately for tech investors, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas didn't provide many. Instead, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) rehashed old themes. CEO Steve Ballmer talked up Windows 8 tablets without anything to show while touting new Windows Phone models from HTC and Nokia.

Meanwhile, Intel (Nasdaq: INTC  ) touted a new relationship with Lenovo for putting its chips in smart devices. A nice win to be sure, but also probably too late to seriously challenge ARM Holdings, whose chip designs are used by all the largest producers of multi-core mobile chipsets and as a result power the world's most popular handheld geekery -- including the iPhone, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

As Vegas served a cold buffet of leftover tech news, China made headlines for an egg-throwing incident at Apple's Beijing store. People who had lined up to purchase the newly available iPhone 4S for between $792 and $1,077 apiece were turned away as crowds became unruly. Some pelted store windows with raw eggs as police moved in. This is today's Apple: making products so desirable they incite spurned consumers to riot.

Yahoo! Finance reports that the incident has led Apple to stop retail sales of the 4S in the country for now, though consumers who want to buy will still be able to order online or though carrier partner China Unicom.

There's your checkup. See you back here next weekend for more tech-stock talk. In the meantime, you can check out the Fool's latest special report -- "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich" -- and add the Big Idea portfolio stocks to your Foolish watchlist for ongoing, up-to-the-minute coverage. Both the report and the watchlist as 100% free to use:

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team. He owned shares of Apple, Google, Rackspace Hosting, Riverbed Technology, and at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web home, portfolio holdings and Foolish writings, or connect with him on Google+ or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.

The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Intel. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google, Intel, Rackspace Hosting, Apple, Microsoft,, and Riverbed Technology, writing covered calls in Riverbed Technology, shorting, and creating bull call spread positions in Apple, Microsoft, and Intel. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2012, at 10:16 AM, xnicholas wrote:

    Can you explain to me why CRM is trading at 7000 price to earnings ratio?


    P/E (ttm): 7,006.00

    Please explain, why this isn't the worst price ever?

  • Report this Comment On January 17, 2012, at 10:30 AM, xnicholas wrote:

    I have to do a followup:

    CRM indicates some sort of "cloud" play, that somehow CRM believes they are the "cloud". Which cloud are they? the Google cloud, the microsoft cloud, the ibm cloud, the yahoo cloud, the dropbox cloud? Maybe they want to be the sky instead of the "cloud" then they might make a few hundred dollars..

    Now since ::

    ""We plan to reinvest a significant portion of our incremental revenue in fiscal 2012 to grow our business and continue our leadership role in the cloud computing industry. As a result of these investments, we expect diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2012 to be significantly lower than diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2011. ""

    So they are going to invest a few dollars of non existant profits into " cloud control".. Again, which companies cloud do they plan to try to control?

    CRM's only value is convincing others that their stock is not garbage.

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