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.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly AMD is the world's second largest manufacturer of CPUs, after Intel. Recent reported earnings showed impressive growth in all key segments of computers, gaming and servers. EPS is expected to grow another 28% this year and continue those rates over the five. We would buy this will a stop-loss at…
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.
Facebook is trading at 27x earnings despite fast growth. It's now one the cheapest growth stocks around. It's where advertisers go.
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 Aug 06/20, Up 49%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with GM is progressing well. We recommend trailing up the stop (from $1800) to $2000. This would all but guarantee a minimum return on investment of 33%.
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.
(A Top Pick Mar 12/20, Up 80%) He's owned this for a long time. Azure and 365 are doing incredibly well, which helps LinkedIn. He expects good margin growth, and cloud computing will continue to grow aggressively. Remote working depend on the cloud, for example. Data that MSFT collects from clients can apply to virtual…
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.
A chip maker, more on graphics card side. Bitcoin mining is also a big source of revenue for them. Doesn't hold it but price momentum and valuation is pretty okay. Expensive on price to earning but it is high quality. Has flatlined though like with other growthier companies.
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.
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 owns FB, GOOGL, and NFLX. Avoided Apple as it's underperformed since September due to rotation. Right now, its future is more muted with 5% revenue growth and 9% earnings growth over the next several years. It pales compared to the others. Its future depends on how it can expand services.
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.
Likes it. Doing very well in gaming, camera technology. Competitive industry. Stock is showing good technical indicators. Keep holding. 14x earnings for an 11% growth rate. Pretty good valuation.
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.
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.
Has been a long suffering value stock. Tech 1.0. Has been surprised by other faster growth tech companies. Fits in the value bucket. One of the top cheapest stocks in the S&P 500. Strong ROE at 25%, 8x enterprise value, 14x price to earnings. Balance sheet is clean. Small yield with good payout ratio. Starting…
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 chip shortage is getting worse, so the semis will go higher, maybe a lot. Last week, Micron said D-RAMs and flash memory chips are in short supply. Demand for cell phone parts is high; 5G is demanding more parts. There's not enough being manufactured.
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.