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3 Autonomous Vehicle Stocks to Buy on the Dip

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are the next major revolutionary development for transportation. If we look at previous innovations in transportation like the domestication of horses, bicycles, or automobiles, we see that they had major impacts in terms of how people live, work, and socialize.

We may be a couple of decades away from autonomous vehicles becoming ubiquitous, but they offer similar promises in terms of changing human existence. Auto fatalities would decrease as would traffic congestion. Commuting would become more pleasurable and productive. People would have more flexibility and options when it comes to choosing where they want to live. Infrastructure and urban life would improve as there would be less need to provide designated parking spaces.  

Many investors are interested in this theme because it is likely going to be more than a trillion-dollar industry. One strategy is to try to pick the winners and losers out of the automakers, component providers, and tech companies who are competing in this space. The other option is to bet on the companies that are going to be part of the AV supply chain, as these offer a much higher chance of success. 

Here are 3 stocks that will benefit from the AV boom:

Tesla (TSLA)

TSLA needs little introduction as its the leading EV company in the world. It also has an early mover advantage in terms of autonomous vehicles (AV) as it is operating a pilot program. Further, the company is acquiring massive amounts of data that can be used by its AI to continually improve. 

Over the past couple of decades, many tech niches have become winner-take-all due to network effects. This essentially means that products get better with more users. In turn, this attracts more users, leading to a positive feedback loop. The most common examples are Google search which is the best search engine, because the more people use and engage with it, the more it improves. Another is Facebook and social networks which are more valuable as they grow in size.

It’s likely that autonomous vehicles (AV) will follow a similar path and only one or two winners will emerge. Tesla is in the lead, and no one is really close. CEO Elon Musk is notorious for his optimistic predictions about when full self-driving will be available. While the timeline is unclear, it’s very clear that Tesla is the best-positioned to dominate this industry as it has EVs.

ON Semiconductor (ON)

ON designs and builds intelligent sensing and power technologies for its customers in the automotive, telecom, aerospace, and medical industries.

A major reason that ON should be on the radar of investors, interested in under-the-radar growth opportunities, is that it provides exposure to the electric vehicle (EV)  and AV industry. ON Semiconductor supplies a variety of products, including silicon carbide-based power modules for acceleration, inverters, LiDAR (remote sensing technology), chargers, body electronics, and the powertrain.

Currently, the company expects automotive revenue to grow at a 17% annual rate over the next three years. This growth should persist well into the decade as EVs are projected to outsell gas-powered vehicles by 2028, according to Credit Suisse. Essentially, ON is a major producer of chips that are integral for these new technologies.

The company's other major segments are also doing well due to strength in end markets like 5G, cloud computing, power generation, and factory automation. 

ON’s combination of value and growth makes it a great ‘buy the dip’ candidate in this bear market. Historically, the stock's forward P/E has vacillated between 20 and 30, but it currently has a forward p/E of 11.5. 

ON Semiconductor has an overall B rating in the POWR Ratings system, translating to a Buy. B-rated stocks have posted an average annual return of 21.0% since 1999, which compares favorably to the S&P 500's average annual gain of 8%. Check out ON's complete POWR Ratings breakdown, including component grades for growth, sentiment, and momentum, here.

Micron (MU)

MU is one of the leading makers of DRAM and NAND memory chips. These chips are found in all sorts of devices and products including smartphones, PCs, consoles, vehicles, and data centers. 

There has been some weakness in the semiconductor industry with concerns over an economic slowdown. So, the near-term outlook is cloudy, and investors should consider dollar-cost-averaging to take advantage of further volatility.

Technologies like AI, machine learning, and cloud computing require massive amounts of memory. As a result, MU is experiencing massive growth as these technologies are increasingly adopted. Spending on these technologies is only in its early innings and is increasingly becoming requirement for companies to stay competitive.

MU’s automotive segment also offers growth upside, and it currently has 50% of the automotive memory market. Cars are increasingly becoming electronic, and all of these functions require memory. And, this will increase with autonomous vehicles as cars will require massive amounts of memory to store all the data that is generated and transmitted.

MU is rated a C according to the POWR Ratings which translates to a Neutral rating. In terms of component grades, it has an A for Value. This isn’t surprising as the company has a forward P/E of 9.3 which is nearly half of the S&P 500. Click here to see more of MU’s POWR Ratings.

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TSLA shares were trading at $219.29 per share on Tuesday morning, down $0.06 (-0.03%). Year-to-date, TSLA has declined -37.75%, versus a -20.97% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

About the Author: Jaimini Desai

Jaimini Desai has been a financial writer and reporter for nearly a decade. His goal is to help readers identify risks and opportunities in the markets. He is the Chief Growth Strategist for and the editor of the POWR Growth and POWR Stocks Under $10 newsletters. Learn more about Jaimini’s background, along with links to his most recent articles.


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