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Next week almost 100 companies from the tech sector are reporting their latest quarterly earnings - do you have a watch list prepared?

For ideas, we ran a screen on tech sector stocks slated to report next week for those with the most significant net institutional purchases over the current quarter, indicating institutional investors such as hedge fund managers expect these names to outperform.

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.‬

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these stocks will report earnings surprises? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE:ABVT): Provides high-bandwidth connectivity solutions to corporate enterprise clients and communication carriers primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. Earnings to be released on 02/24. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.5M shares, which represents about 7.87% of the company's float of 19.06M shares.

2. The Active Network, Inc. Common (NYSE:ACTV): Offers application services technology and marketing access to community service and participatory sports organizations.. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 3.0M shares, which represents about 9.92% of the company's float of 30.23M shares.

3. AutoNavi Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:AMAP): Provides digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in the People's Republic of China. Earnings to be released on 02/20. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 3.3M shares, which represents about 13.78% of the company's float of 23.94M shares.

4. HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY): Operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry. Earnings to be released on 02/22. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 12.2M shares, which represents about 53.72% of the company's float of 22.71M shares.

5. CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR): Operates as an information technology consulting, services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 6.9M shares, which represents about 10.64% of the company's float of 64.82M shares.

6. Cogent Communications Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CCOI): Provides high-speed Internet access, Internet protocol, and communications services to small and medium-sized businesses, communications service providers, and other bandwidth-intensive organizations. Earnings to be released on 02/22. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.2M shares, which represents about 3.19% of the company's float of 37.67M shares.

7. Computer Task Group Inc. (CTGX): Provides information technology solutions and staffing services primarily in North America and Europe. Earnings to be released on 02/21. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 526.4K shares, which represents about 3.82% of the company's float of 13.77M shares.

8. DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE:DGI): Provides commercial earth imagery products and solutions. Earnings to be released on 02/22. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.3M shares, which represents about 3.69% of the company's float of 35.20M shares.

9. Elster Group SE (ELT): Provides gas, electricity, and water meters and related communications, networking, and software solutions. Earnings to be released on 02/24. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.4M shares, which represents about 3.43% of the company's float of 40.83M shares.

10. Sourcefire, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIRE): Provides intelligent Cybersecurity solutions for information technology; environments of commercial enterprises, such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, energy, education, retail, and telecommunications; and federal, state, and international government organizations worldwide. Earnings to be released on 02/21. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 3.4M shares, which represents about 12.35% of the company's float of 27.53M shares.

11. First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR): Manufactures and sells solar modules using a thin-film semiconductor technology. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 2.7M shares, which represents about 4.53% of the company's float of 59.56M shares.

12. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:GILT): Provides Internet Protocol based digital satellite communication and networking products and services worldwide. Earnings to be released on 02/22. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.3M shares, which represents about 4.57% of the company's float of 28.44M shares.

13. ICG Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICGE): A private equity and venture capital firm specializing in patient capital, growth capital, acquisitions, and mid and late venture investments in public and private companies. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.3M shares, which represents about 21.5% of the company's float of 33.96M shares.

14. InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC): Engages in the design and development of digital wireless technology solutions. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 4.0M shares, which represents about 9.53% of the company's float of 41.96M shares.

15. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:JASO): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of photovoltaic solar cells and solar products, which convert sunlight into electricity in the People's Republic of China. Earnings to be released on 02/20. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.2M shares, which represents about 10.32% of the company's float of 69.80M shares.

16. MedAssets, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDAS): Provides technology enabled products and services for hospitals, health systems, and other non-acute healthcare providers in the United States. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 5.2M shares, which represents about 11.84% of the company's float of 43.93M shares.

17. Orion Energy Systems, Inc (NYSEMKT:OESX): Engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of lighting and energy management systems, controls, and services. Earnings to be released on 02/23. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.1M shares, which represents about 6.07% of the company's float of 18.13M shares.

18. Pandora Media, Inc. Common Stoc (NYSE:P): Operates as an Internet radio company in the United States. Earnings to be released on 02/22. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 31.1M shares, which represents about 54.12% of the company's float of 57.46M shares.

*Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 18 Tech Stocks Bought By Hedge Funds Reporting Earnings Next Week