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Nielsen Holdings plc is a performance management company. The Company provides to clients an understanding of what consumers watch and what they buy and how those choices intersect. The Company's segments include what consumers buy (Buy), consisting principally of market research information and analytical services, and what consumers watch and listen to (Watch), consisting principally of television, radio, online and mobile audience and advertising measurement services and corresponding analytics. The Buy segment provides measurement services, which include its core tracking and scan data (primarily transactional measurement data and consumer behavior information), and analytical services to businesses in the consumer packaged goods industry. Its Watch data is used by its media clients to understand their audiences, establish the value of their advertising inventory and maximize the value of their content, and by its advertising clients to plan and optimize their spending.

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UPDATE: 20 technology stocks with low debt to consider owning in a down market

2:04 pm ET April 8, 2020 (MarketWatch)

By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

Many tech stocks have held up relatively well during the coronavirus crisis. Mark Grant of B. Riley FBR says long-term investors can make money 'with a little patience.'

Mark Grant, the chief global strategist for fixed income at B. Riley FBR, is usually focused on the bond market, but he had an interesting suggestion for long-term investors that he shared with Stuart Varney on Fox Business:

After quoting the adage, "You buy when there's blood on the streets," Grant suggested that for "appreciation plays," investors look "in technology," where there are some "good names without any debt ... you can make some money on, with a little patience."


The S&P 500 Index has tumbled 27% since its closing high Feb. 19, while the S&P 500 information technology sector has declined 25%.

A tech-stock screen

There are 70 companies in the S&P 500 information technology sector. However, the sector excludes several companies that the typical investor would consider technology players. So we added social-media companies, video-game developers and internet-services companies to bring our "technology" list up to 80 companies.

Here are the 20 companies on the list with the lowest ratios of long-term debt to equity, per their most recent financial reports, according to FactSet:

Company Ticker Long-term debt/ equity Total return - Feb. 19 through April 1 Total return - 2020 Total return - 2019 Date of most recent financial report Industry

Fortinet Inc. US:FTNT 2.2% -16% -6% 52% 12/31/2019 Computer Communications

IPG Photonics Corp. US:IPGP 2.4% -26% -27% 28% 12/31/2019 Semiconductors

Arista Networks Inc. US:ANET 2.8% -14% -5% -3% 12/31/2019 Computer Communications

Skyworks Solutions Inc. US:SWKS 3.4% -31% -32% 84% 12/27/2019 Semiconductors

Jack Henry & Associates Inc. US:JKHY 3.8% -15% 1% 16% 12/31/2019 Information Technology Services

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. US:TTWO 5.9% 2% -5% 19% 12/31/2019 Recreational Products

Alphabet Inc. Class A US:GOOGL 6.8% -28% -18% 28% 12/31/2019 Internet Software/Services

Alphabet Inc. Class C US:GOOG 6.8% -27% -17% 29% 12/31/2019 Internet Software/Services

Paycom Software Inc. US:PAYC 8.4% -42% -29% 116% 12/31/2019 Software

Facebook Inc. Class A US:FB 8.9% -27% -22% 57% 12/31/2019 Internet Software/Services

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. Class A US:CTSH 11.5% -38% -31% -1% 12/31/2019 Information Technology Services

Synopsys Inc. US:SNPS 11.6% -24% -10% 65% 01/31/2020 Software

Ansys Inc. US:ANSS 12.7% -29% -18% 80% 12/31/2019 Software

Micron Technology Inc. US:MU 13.3% -34% -26% 69% 02/27/2020 Semiconductors Inc. US:CRM 13.6% -30% -18% 19% 01/31/2020 Software

Electronic Arts Inc. US:EA 13.7% -11% -9% 36% 12/31/2019 Recreational Products

Accenture Plc Class A US:ACN 14.1% -28% -26% 51% 02/29/2020 Information Technology Services

Intuit Inc. US:INTU 14.7% -29% -17% 34% 01/31/2020 Software

F5 Networks Inc. US:FFIV 15.1% -20% -26% -14% 12/31/2019 Computer Communications

Cadence Design Systems Inc. US:CDNS 16.5% -18% -6% 60% 12/28/2019 Software

Nvidia Corp. US:NVDA 17.2% -23% 3% 77% 01/26/2020 Semiconductors

Source: FactSet

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The table actually includes 21 stocks, with both common share classes for Alphabet (GOOGL) (GOOGL).

The stock screen is only a starting point for further research. The debt-to-equity ratios are as of the dates indicated on the table, to the right. A company may have issued more debt since that date or made other announcements of importance to investors.

If you see any companies of interest here, you not only need to make sure you are familiar with the most recent announcements, you need to consider the company's strategy and form your own opinion about it's ability to remain competitive for the next decade.

Grant indicated there were opportunities in the tech space for investors "with a little patience," but these are really long-term plays. What does "a little patience" mean to you? If you scoop up discounted shares now, you may need to wait a few years to make money.

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-Philip van Doorn; 415-439-6400;

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