The following is a list of stocks that might be interesting to an investor looking for exposure to the tech sector. Judging by their earnings results relative to analyst estimates, it's clear that these stocks are being underestimated by analysts...

In other words, these companies have a track record of beating quarterly analyst earnings estimates (i.e. earnings "surprises"). A full breakdown of earnings relative to analyst estimates can be accessed here.

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Earnings data sourced from AOL Money, short float data sourced from Finviz.

*Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.*

The list has been sorted by the average earnings surprise over the last year.

* 1. Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK):* Technical & System Software Industry. Market cap of $9.17B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 22.12% over the last year. Short float at 2.97%, which implies a short ratio of 2.57 days. The stock has gained 62.95% over the last year.

* 2. Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU)*: Application Software Industry. Market cap of $14.44B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 21.59% over the last year. Short float at 2.19%, which implies a short ratio of 2.13 days. The stock has gained 53.16% over the last year.

* 3. Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC)*: Diversified Computer Systems Industry. Market cap of $7.31B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 21.49% over the last year. Short float at 0.89%, which implies a short ratio of 1.16 days. The stock has gained 53.48% over the last year.

* 4. Dolby Laboratories Inc. (NYSE:DLB):* Diversified Electronics Industry. Market cap of $6.73B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 16.61% over the last year. Short float at 5.87%, which implies a short ratio of 6.22 days. The stock has gained 18.89% over the last year.

* 5. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC):* Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $120.21B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 16.21% over the last year. Short float at 0.87%, which implies a short ratio of 0.89 days. The stock has gained 11.08% over the last year.

* 6. Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A):* Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $14.91B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 16.19% over the last year. Short float at 1.71%, which implies a short ratio of 1.9 days. The stock has gained 44.96% over the last year.

* 7. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT):* Application Software Industry. Market cap of $243.4B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 16.06% over the last year. Short float at 1.13%, which implies a short ratio of 1.46 days. The stock has lost -1.56% over the last year.

* 8. Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI):* Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $11.58B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 14.81% over the last year. Short float at 3.24%, which implies a short ratio of 2.62 days. The stock has gained 44.54% over the last year.

* 9. Broadcom Corp. (BRCM):* Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $23.12B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 13.20% over the last year. Short float at 1.27%, which implies a short ratio of 0.8 days. The stock has gained 59.23% over the last year.

* 10. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP):* Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $6.97B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 12.80% over the last year. Short float at 8.8%, which implies a short ratio of 7.44 days. The stock has gained 49.46% over the last year.

* 11. Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM)*: Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $7.82B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 12.71% over the last year. Short float at 3.9%, which implies a short ratio of 3.4 days. The stock has gained 45.81% over the last year.

* 12. American Tower Corp. (NYSE:AMT):* Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $20.5B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 12.09% over the last year. Short float at 1.03%, which implies a short ratio of 1.59 days. The stock has gained 18.91% over the last year.

* 13. QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM):* Communication Equipment Industry. Market cap of $84.54B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 12.05% over the last year. Short float at 1.42%, which implies a short ratio of 1.59 days. The stock has gained 11.95% over the last year.

* 14. Altera Corp. (NASDAQ:ALTR):* Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $11.85B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 12.01% over the last year. Short float at 6.83%, which implies a short ratio of 3.11 days. The stock has gained 79.24% over the last year.

* 15. NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP):* Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $19.41B. The company has outperformed analyst earnings estimates by an average of 11.35% over the last year. Short float at 4.83%, which implies a short ratio of 3.23 days. The stock has gained 73.62% over the last year.

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