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The Best And Worst Information Technology Stocks In Q1 2019

Of the 44 technology companies on our watch list, 35 recorded gains in the price of their publicly traded shares during the first quarter of 2019 and only 9 recorded price declines – two by significant double-digit percentages. Take a look at who were the winners and who were the losers.

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Advanced Micro Devices 

CEO: Lisa Su

Dec. 31, 2018 Close: $18.46

March 29, 2019 Close: $25.52

Change: +38.24%

A resurgent AMD has seen its stock price rise in the last year or so – it registered the biggest gain among all our tech vendor stocks in 2018 – and the chipmaker's stock price continued rising in the first quarter of 2019.

With its Ryzen CPU processors and Radeon graphics cards, AMD has been giving rival Intel a competitive run for its money. And AMD is readying its next-generation 7-nanometer chips for later this year.

For fiscal 2018 (ended Dec. 29) AMD reported revenue of $6.48 billion, up more than 23 percent from $5.25 billion in fiscal 2017. The company reported net income of $337 million for the year compared to a $33 million net loss one year earlier.

In December, AMD was added to the Nasdaq 100 index – the 100 largest non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market.

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Lenovo Group 

CEO: Yang Yuanqing

Dec. 31, 2018 Close: $13.40

March 29, 2019 Close: $18.01

Change: +34.40%

For the fiscal 2019 third quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2018) Lenovo reported revenue of $14.04 billion, up 8 percent from $12.94 billion in the same quarter one year earlier. The company reported net income of $233 million compared to a $289 million loss one year earlier.

On September 13, Lenovo announced a strategic alliance with storage system and service provider NetApp, co-developing all-flash arrays and hybrid flash systems to compete against Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell EMC in the data storage arena.

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VMware 

CEO: Pat Gelsinger

Dec. 31, 2018 Close: $137.13

March 29, 2019 Close: $180.51

Change: +31.63%

VMware has been on a roll in the last year as it developed hybrid cloud services with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft and worked more closely with Dell to offer joint solutions such as the availability of VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC's VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure.

For all of fiscal 2019 (ended Feb. 1) VMware reported revenue of $8.97 billion, up more than 14 percent from $7.86 billion in fiscal 2018. Net income for the year surged to $2.42 billion, a more than three-fold increase from $659 million in fiscal 2018.

Dell Technologies, which went public on Dec. 28, 2018, remains the majority shareholder in VMware.

 
 
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