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What are we looking for?

U.S. information-technology companies that hew to our investment philosophy focused on safety and value.

The screen

In our analysis, my associate Allan Meyer and I started with U.S.-listed equities in the IT sector with a market capitalization of $100-billion (U.S.) or more, sorted from largest to smallest. We view market capitalization as a safety factor, larger companies tend to be more diversified and less volatile.

Select information technology companies

CompanyTickerMarket Cap. ($Bil U.S.)Dividend yield (%)Debt/Equity (%)Price/EarningsEarnings Momentum (%)FCF/EV (%)
Apple Inc.AAPL-Q808.11.667.915.42.46.5
Alphabet Inc.GOOGL-Q687.50.02.827.30.74.3
Microsoft Corp.MSFT-Q555.52.274.321.83.85.1
Facebook Inc.FB-Q448.40.00.028.912.52.6
Alibaba Group BABA-N352.10.032.630.45.10.1
Visa Inc.V-N221.60.748.325.66.02.3
Oracle Corp.ORCL-N186.91.790.616.01.97.5
Intel Corp.INTC-Q171.83.038.212.64.47.1
Cisco Systems Inc.CSCO-Q158.13.745.013.01.310.6
IBM IBM-N142.93.9231.111.00.26.9
Mastercard Inc.MA-N133.70.791.627.14.03.2
Broadcom Ltd.AVGO-Q102.31.672.215.59.32.8
Average330.71.666.220.44.34.9
Median 204.21.658.118.93.94.7

Source: Thomson Reuters, Wickham Investment Counsel Inc.

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