Stock picks to buy, cheap alternatives to big tech: Morgan Stanley

  • Morgan Stanley says new technologies are feeding into a surge in productivity that will help the economy for years.
  • Strategist Adam Virgadamo says the pandemic will speed up that change, and investors don’t have to buy tech stocks to reap the rewards. 
  • He’s compiled a list of innovators that have been outperforming and look like they will continue to do based on their strategies and investments in their businesses.
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New technology has permeated so many industries and transformed business. But when investors want long-term growth, they’re mostly buying the same mega-cap tech stocks.

That’s stayed true even as some experts have warned about the sky-high prices of those same stocks, raising the spectre of the dot-com bubble 20 years ago and the dominance of a handful of giant stocks that hit record levels.

Whether there’s a bubble or not, Adam Virgadamo, a US equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, says investors need to be aware of the alternatives. He writes that technology is contributing to growth and bolstering economic productivity, feeding a secular bull market that dates to 2011 and didn’t end with the coronavirus crash.

“We are in the early innings of a technology-driven, decade-long investment cycle centered on data and digitalization that allows businesses to gain insights and improve productivity,” Virgadamo wrote in a note to clients.

He adds that the pandemic and its after-effects are only going to speed up that shift as companies look for ways to save money.

“[The recession] is a wakeup call to accelerate this digital transformation as companies with a greater digital presence are showing more resiliency in the wake of the pandemic,” he wrote. “We see a clear mindset shift at the executive level from viewing technology as supporting the business to technology becoming the