Looking for Dividends? These 3 Tech Stocks Are Great Buys

Looking for investment income? Focusing on yield alone means you’ll miss out on lots of quality companies that pay a smaller dividend, but are still growing and could increase the payout in the future. Looking for companies that check both boxes — dividend payment and growth — can create a powerful compound growth effect over the long term.

Three companies our Fool.com contributors think meet these criteria are Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB), and Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO).

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Don’t pick just one tech theme when you can have many

Nicholas Rossolillo (Applied Materials): As 2020 has unfolded, I keep coming back to Applied Materials, and I see no reason not to again. The company makes equipment for semiconductor and other tech hardware manufacturing, and its engineering research lies at the heart of many important advancements in technology. Whether it’s high-end computing chips for things

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Forget Snowflake, These 3 Tech Stocks Are Better Buys Right Now

Snowflake (NYSE:SNOW), a cloud data company, has received a lot of attention from investors lately, following its mid-September IPO. Investors have taken an interest in this tech stock because of its 133% revenue growth in the first half of this year, and the fact that the company believes it has a massive $81 billion total addressable market in the cloud data space. 

But despite Snowflake’s potential, there are a handful of other tech stocks that could be better long-term investments. To help you find a few, we asked three Motley Fool contributors for alternative Snowflake investments. They came back with Alteryx (NYSE:AYX), Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM), and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). Here’s why. 

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With access to more data than ever, businesses need a way to make sense of it

Brian Withers (Alteryx): Snowflake’s platform excels in capturing enterprise data and centralizing it in one

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Big Tech stocks are buys on any negative antitrust news, Jim Cramer says

Big Tech stocks barely flinched one day after members of Congress recommended parts of their underlying companies be broken up, but investors should be ready to buy if the stocks dip in the future, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Wednesday.

“The time these Big Tech stocks get hit by some bad headlines from the House Judiciary Committee is the time you have to buy them,” the “Mad Money” host said. “Regardless of who wins the White House next month, they’re not gonna roll back 40 years of antitrust.”

The comments come on the heels of a Democratic congressional staff report out Tuesday that called for updates to the nation’s antitrust laws and to shake up operations of the largest U.S. technology corporations. The report charges Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet subsidiary Google with having monopoly power.

Facebook was the only one of the three stocks to fall in Wednesday’s session, slipping

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Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

  • The House Antitrust Subcommittee determined Facebook wields monopoly powers in social network and has maintained its position by acquiring, copying or killing its competitors, according to a report released by the subcommittee on Tuesday. 
  • The report describes an exchange in which Mark Zuckerberg suggested to Instagram Co-founder Kevin Systrom that “refusing to enter into a partnership with Facebook, including an acquisition, would have consequences for Instagram.”
  • The report recommends that Congress review a series of potential remedies. This includes “structural separation,” which could “require divestiture and separate ownership of each business.”



Mark Zuckerberg in a blue shirt: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at an event at Facebook's Headquarters office in Menlo Park, California on January 15, 2012.


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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at an event at Facebook’s Headquarters office in Menlo Park, California on January 15, 2012.

The House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust determined Facebook wields monopoly powers in social network and has maintained its position by acquiring, copying or killing its competitors, according to a report the group released on Tuesday. 

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These 3 Stocks Are Helping Build a Better Future: Are They Buys?

One of my favorite pieces of investing advice comes from Motley Fool co-founder and Chief Rule Breaker David Gardner, who’s often said, “make your portfolio reflect your best vision for our future.” The idea is to pick companies for your portfolio that are working to create a world you’d want to be part of. Three companies that fit this category for me are Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), Livongo Health (NASDAQ:LVGO), and Asana (NYSE:ASAN). But they’re also great investment opportunities. Let’s find out why.

Shopify: Making commerce better for everyone

Shopify is a software platform that allows businesses of all sizes to establish and run online stores. In 2004, co-founder Tobias Lutke wanted to sell snowboards online but realized there wasn’t any commercially available software to help him get started, so he built his own. It wasn’t too much later that he and his co-founder realized the software platform was

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Looking to Invest in Tech Stocks? 3 Top Buys for October

Software and cloud computing services have been all the rage this year as organizations have shifted to remote digital-based operations because of COVID-19. Tech hardware has been much more of a mixed bag. Some companies reliant on smartphone and auto sales haven’t fared so well, while others that supply parts for networking and data centers have been off to the races. 

Headed into the final quarter of 2020, some of this year’s biggest winners are showing signs of continuing their run, while other not-so-fortunate companies are predicting a rebound in 2021. Three Fool.com contributors think Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) are timely tech hardware buys for October.

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This memory chip business just passed a critical test

Nicholas Rossolillo (Micron Technology): For semiconductor investor veterans, it’s well-known that chip manufacturing is a highly cyclical industry. Memory chips in particular are prone

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Castles Technology Buys Spire Payments

Global payment solutions provider Castles Technology has acquired Spire Payments, a provider of electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) systems, the company announced in a Thursday (Oct. 1) press release.

With the acquisition, the company said, Castles Technology is now even more prepared to meet payment needs including in-store acceptance and value-added solutions.

The move “represents an important strategic move for the future of our businesses, as we continue to evolve and innovate to provide merchants acquirers with future-forward payments solutions,” Castles Technology Group CCO Jean-Philippe Niedergang said in the announcement.

He said the acquisition would add more choice for customers alongside new technical and security capabilities.

“Adding Spire Payments solutions and services, to Castles Technology product portfolio (Linux, Android, MiniPos, ECRPos, TMS, Market Place) provides a major platform for us to significantly expand our business reach into EMEA markets,” he

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Microsoft buys gaming firm ZeniMax Media for $7.5 bn

Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, adding muscle to its Xbox arm ahead of a fierce battle in the market for new gaming consoles.

ZeniMax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, publisher of popular game franchises including Dishonored, Doom, Fallout and Elder Scrolls.

“Bethesda brings an impressive portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track record of blockbuster commercial success,” Microsoft said in statement.

The company will pay for the acquisition in cash with the deal expected to close by the mid-2021.

The deal comes as Microsoft prepares to release its Xbox Series X in mid-November, its first update to the gaming console since 2013.

Sony’s eagerly awaited PlayStation 5 will also launch in November, setting up a holiday-season clash with Xbox as the gaming industry thrives during the pandemic.

The competing consoles will be released within two days of each

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Microsoft Buys Elder Scrolls Game Maker Zenimax For $7.5 Bln

Microsoft Corp.  (MSFT) – Get Report said Monday that it has agreed the takeover of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks that values the maker of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls at around $7.5 billion.

Under terms of the deal, Microsoft will purchase Zenimax, the parent company of Washington, D.C.-based Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash. The tech giant said the purchase won’t likely impact its non-GAAP earnings for this year or next, but said new game launches would be added to its XBox Game Pass system on the same day they’re launched. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2021, Microsoft said.

“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of

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