Virtual reality and augmented reality are the newest platform for entertainment, and even productivity. Apple recently announced a further investment in AR technology. This developing sector has enormous potential and a myriad of possible applications, and the market is sure to grow.
Here are the top technology companies working on artificial and augmented reality.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD-Q)
AMD is working on their Liquid VR technology that provides an ecosystem for companies to build on. Their technology allows for near-photorealistic imagery in real-time.
It has long been the poor stepchild of INTC-Q. Now they are competing with NVDA-Q, which is being hit by a competing game. The chips were used to mine bitcoin but that is no longer profitable. When they hit a product it can really move the company. He prefers Broadcom. (Bruce Murray)
3D Systems (DDD-N)
Involved in VR – 3D Systems creates specialized simulators using VR headsets to train healthcare professionals. They’re also a leader in 3D printing and scanning, which can be rendered in virtual reality.
Unfortunately, it had a big earnings miss. A very whippy stock. It can be a big pop or a big drop on earnings numbers. There is a lot of hype and expectations. Technically it has broken because of its bad earnings quarter, and it is going to face a long road up. (Cameron Hurst)
Involved in AR – Facebook is working on their own augmented reality glasses. They’ve already registered some patents and recently expanded their Facebook Reality Lab to continue their work.
Not a fan because of the regulatory issues. It's not a long-term hold. She has a small short on it. As the US dollar rises, US earnings are worth less, but she wouldn't worry about this aspect. It's a good trade, as there is always lots of news on the stock, but you have to…
Alphabet Inc (C) (GOOG-Q)
Involved in VR and AR – Google is no stranger to VR, launching their first virtual reality viewer in 2013. They have started experimenting with mobile VR advertising format, and the company is rumoured to be building a new version of Glass. They also provide an augmented reality platform called ARCore.
Regulatory overhang? There are serious concerns with antitrust and privacy laws with this one and in his opinion they are only likely to intensify. Valuation and fundamental growth looks OK. It's got monopoly power. It's investing in all the right business lines. Really likes it long term. Reasonably priced, it's growing, it's in all the…
GoPro Inc (GPRO-Q)
Involved in VR – GoPro launched their Fusion Camera, which allows creators to create 360-degree virtual-reality footage. They also made their VR player technology, Forge.js, open-source and free so people can create their own VR experiences and host them on a user’s website.
(A Top Pick Jan 25/16. Down 1.98%.) *Short*. Shorted this because we were having momentum to the downside in the market. Also, this had a high valuation. (John Stephenson)
Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ-N)
Involved in VR – HP already has a Windows Mixed Reality Headset, which takes advantage of Windows software to play games, live stream and more.
The problem with this company is that it is a slow growth business. In the tech world there are companies that grow much faster. There are better opportunities out there where you are not paying a huge multiple for them. (Paul Harris, CFA)
Involved in VR and AR – Microsoft’s Hololense is a mixed reality headset, that allows you to see holographic images appear win the real world. Their headset can also connect to Xbox and provide an immersive gaming experience.
MSFT trades at 21x earnings and pays a nice dividend that will grow. Their issue is that MSFT is an enterprise company dealing with large companies. People are moving a lot more to the cloud. This will make huge margins through Office 365, cloud and their LinkedIn purchase. As more people go to the cloud,…
Nvidia Corp (NVDA-Q)
Involved in VR – Nvidia created the GeForce RTX GPUs to drive VR experiences. Their GPU allows for more immersive, and real-time graphics.
These stocks do well in Q4, and NVDA is the momentum player. October to February, this sector outpaces the benchmark return by 28%, coinciding with the semis and tech sectors. But last Q4, this fell along with the whole market. In 2018, this sector hit lows and have since started to emerge higher to find…
Involved in AR – Nokia cancelled their Ozo camera program, which captured 360-degree virtual reality footage. However, they are working on including more AR features in their cellphones.
On his shopping list. Bit more expensive on a PEG ratio than Ericsson, but he'd recommend it. (Kim Bolton)
Involved in AR – Apple is working on their Augmented Reality headset, and may launch it as early as 2020. They are also heavily investing in augmented reality for iOS, working together with companies such as GE, Ikea, and American Airlines to bring AR into the day-to-day.
He bought a $175 July call for $8 and sold twice as many $190 July expiry. That's a ratio call spread: he bought a call at a lower strike price and sold twice as many calls at a higher strike price; his higher strike was $190. So if Apple trades up to $190, he starts…
Nintendo Company Ltd. (7974-TYO)
Involved in VR – The Nintendo Switch is being rumoured to get a Virtual Reality headset. Although this is unconfirmed, the Switch console is said to attach to a headset to be used for games.
The stock is acting well. The volume is not much. It has been acting well after the Pokey man thing. He would continue to own this. (Elliott Fishman)
Himax Technologies (HIMX-Q)
Involved in VR and AR – Himax produces non-driver components for AR and VR as well as 3D-sensing devices. Their main revenue source is display driver ICs that are used in smartphones, tablets and monitors.
Virtual reality and a chipmaker? This is a chip company and they make chips for some of the virtual reality and augmented reality pieces. It has big potential. The stock fell really, really hard on earnings, but has recently come back again. The company is going to be volatile, but one of the few plays…
Sony Corp. ADR (SNE-N)
Involved in VR – Sony’s VR headset is intimately linked with their PlayStation console, offering an immersive gaming experience. It allows users to watch movies, play games and listen to audio in virtual reality.
This is not only a technology company. Much of its earnings are coming from games and movies. Both those areas are very difficult to predict. He sees better value elsewhere. (Lorne Steinberg)
Synaptics Inc (SYNA-Q)
Involved in VR – Synaptics announced a new virtual reality display driver and bridge last summer. They are the leading developer of human interface solutions and are building the components of VR headsets.
(A Top Pick July 8/09. Down 17.33%.) Touch screens technology and there was a competitive product that was driving prices down. Sold his holdings. (Gordon Reid)
Involved in VR and AR – Intel launched their Vaunt AR smart glasses last year. Although they shut down this project, it’s almost certain that they are working on the next augmented reality and virtual reality project.
An old-tech play that still has 71% upside. A new CEO can hopefully shake things up. A good place to hide in the semi-conductor space. You can't even see a measurable pullback in its December trading -- really stands out. Yield 2.6% (Analysts’ price target is $53.00) (Brian Acker, CA)
Micron Technology (MU-Q)
Involved in VR and AR – Micron produces graphics memory chips for AR and VR use. They bring solutions to he problems encountered with increased bandwidth requirements for advanced graphics.
The CEO last week said second-half earnings will increase sharply. Their cash position has improved dramatically and they are now trading at 5 times earnings. Too cheap to ignore. Yield 0%. (Analysts’ price target is $47.30) (Peter Hodson)
Western Digital (WDC-Q)
Involved in VR and AR – Western Digital is developing solutions for higher resolution on VR and AR digital display and faster speeds for real time experiences. They’re also creating a more lightweight, embedded data storage solution for virtual reality and augmented reality products.
He has been cautious on tech generally as there has been so much money going into the sector. The valuation is still cheap, but getting towards higher levels and recent earnings did not prove up these metrics. He would look to add to his position on this pullback. (David Dietze)