5 Stocks To Store Away For 5 Years
In search of these companies, I am not necessarily looking for immediate growth but rather long-term, sustainable value over a five-year period. The names that qualify are two chip giants in Intel (INTC) and Qualcomm (QCOM) , software giant Microsoft (MSFT) as well as two undervalued tech players in Cisco (CSCO) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -- both on the verge of a resurgence.
In fact, let's discuss them first.
It's without question HP and Cisco are the clear front-runners within segments such as routing and switching, but they are also well positioned for markets such as the cloud that is soon to emerge and dominate consumer and corporate enterprises. This makes the companies excellent buys.
It seems, however, that Wall Street wants to cast them by the wayside because "growth" is not something either offers in sufficient quantities at this stage of their maturation -- even though Cisco continues to churn out one excellent quarter after another while maintaining margins leading the industry by almost 50%.
HP recently reported better-than-expected earnings results (beating analysts' estimates on top and bottom lines), prompting many naysayers to affirm that Meg Whitman was indeed the right person for the job.
The company has started to combine its PC and printing divisions and recently confirmed it will begin eliminating 27,000 jobs in a cost-saving measure of as much as $3 billion to $3.5 billion by 2014. So clearly it is committed not only to being more efficient, but returning value to shareholders. What's more, HP will stand to benefit immensely by any success gained from another company I'm looking to add: Microsoft, which is due to release its Windows 8 operating system.
Windows 8 could add $8 to Microsoft's share price, reigniting the magic of the PC era. As it stands, it supports the idea that Intel and Microsoft have become significantly discounted to their long-term potential.