Top 17 Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality Tech Stocks
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.
There's upside, though valuations are stretched. Technology going forward will be strong for semi makers like AMD. Growth outlook is positive. But wait for a slightly pullback in AMD.
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.
They got overheated. It was like a Reddit/meme stock for a while. He believes in this, so stick with it.
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.
He gets a lot of questions about this and avoids it. He doesn't know how they get around these regulatory pressures. He prefers Google in the online ad space.
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.
(A Top Pick Oct 14/20, Up 76%) Great play on online advertising and search. YouTube is doing well, cloud business is growing. Well positioned. Digital advertising will continue to grow. She recently bought on the recent pullback. You could start building a position here.
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.
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.
He doesn't follow this closely, but it's in a strong sector. HP probably suffered an earnings decline recently. He owns Apple and Google instead--he'd rather bet on tech here. Nothing wrong with HP though, but it's not as strong as these two.
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.
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.
Chip designer. Issues with current acquisition, execution risk. In the sweet spot of the industry. Semis are a unique place to be, strategically important globally and in the US. Semis are the core for a lot of technology. Not so much in the cyclical part of the industry. Will continue to do well.
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.
He is warming up to this for the first time since 1998. They're doing things right and he's waiting for the price to fall further.
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.
Apple's supply shortages are nothing new. Like, 11 years ago, the iPhone 4 had problems with its antenna and the stock got crushed, but that was a great buying opportunity. The stock is now worth 10 times more. You don't get many buying opportunities for Apple like now. The semis shortage is hitting all companies.…
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.
Allan Tong’s Discover Picks NTDOY stock pays a 2.81% dividend yield and trades at a 17x PE, compared to 27x a year ago. Activision Blizzard pays only 0.51% and trades at nearly 24x. The Home of Mario does face competition from the PS 5 and the Xbox, but these are nothing new. As of this…
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.
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.
Has surged from the $30s to the $150s in the past year. They are diversifying away from phones to the internet of things (i.e. touch screens, fingerprint sensors). He recommended this pre-Covid, and it's since soared 80%. A great 5G play, too.
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.
They report Thursday. Not sure if they can deliver a lift in shares. Instead, stay long in AMD and Nvidia.
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.
It delivered okay numbers last night: better sales and earnings than expected, but it saw softer demand in PCs. Its current quarter forecast disappoints the street due to customers facing shortages of other parts. Gross margin guidance didn't indicate much erosion. Shares tumbled after the report but partially recovered after the CEO addressed shareholders.
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.
China is building out its own technology hardware industry. China was the biggest net importer relative to their needs and will now displace US market share. This is a trade that you buy when it is weak. Don't add fresh money. He would prefer TSM-N.