Top Smart-Home Stocks to Buy in 2019
Smart homes and buildings are becoming increasingly popular with a projected market growth of 18% according to Acumen Researching and Consulting. The internet of things, and IFTTT (If this then that) has allowed for individuals to create systems that works together with minimal human intervention.
Automation and connected smart appliances have seen a huge rise in demand in recent years. Amazon recently acquired Eero and previously paid $1 billion to acquire Ring, a doorbell-camera startup. It had acquired Blink, a smart camera maker in 2017.
Google also invested heavily in the smart-home game a few years ago when it acquired Nest for 3.2 billion. Nest was quiet for a few years after its acquisition by Google but recently launched new temperature sensors, a video doorbell and an outdoor smart camera.
Smart lights, security, entertainment systems, and temperature control are the principle smart devices in demand. These products are surely to grow as we become more invested in energy-saving and healthy lifestyles.
Most of these smart devices work with voice assistants, but read carefully as not all are compatible, depending on your brand. Apple’s Homekit is an example of a software framework that lets you use a smart device with Siri.
Nest smart-home products at B&H
Here are the top companies developing smart homes products…
The big techs are still growing at more than 20% so they are good to own. They break last and turn first. Buy some now and more later when it firms up.
Sony Corp. ADR (SNE-N)
They offer a suite of voice assistant enabled smart products that help automate the home. You can even control your Sony TV through Google Home.
Japan's Sony is into semis as well as electronics. It has partnered with MSFT to produce smart technology in cameras and video.
Homekit, along with the Home app, is the company’s smart home system used as a platform for iOS user. The platform brings multiple devices together and coordinates their actions.
They report Thursday and it could be anti-climatic this time. Why? For the first time in ages, Apple stock will be coming in high during a report. Own, don't trade it. Also boasts superior technology.
A leader in e-commerce and they sell smart home solutions that also works with their voice assistant, Alexa. They help you get what you need to turn your home smart, and a way to control everything.
(A Top Pick Oct 13/20, Down 15.8%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O’Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with AMZN has triggered its stop at $2900. To remain disciplined, we recommend covering the position at this time. We will watch for another entry point.
Alphabet Inc. (A) (GOOGL-Q)
They acquired Nest and is a big player in connected home devices. Many devices connect through their Google Home platform.
(A Top Pick Aug 06/20, Up 73.9%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O’Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with GOOG has triggered its stop at $2600. To remain disciplined, we recommend covering the position at this time. This will result in a net investment gain of 73%, when combined with the previous recommendation to cover half.
Some stocks not on Stockchase are also worth mentioning : Alarm.com NASDAQ: ALRM, Control4 NASDAQ: CTRL and Sonos NASDAQ: SONO are among many smart-home stocks you should watch. Other companies are also involved and benefit from the home automation rise in demand even if they don’t develop consumer products themselves, here are more smart-home related stocks :
Canon Inc. (CAJ-N)
Smart all-in-one printers are the mainstay of a smart-office. Canon offers multiple solutions for big and small sized companies and help automate the workplace.
Unfortunately they have had a tough time. Camera division is doing extremely well. Coming out with new cameras. He is scrutinizing it hard. 4.2% dividend is safe. Strong balance sheet. If camera division takes a turn to the worse he would sell.
A supplier of billing and back-office support for telecommunication and cable companies. They offer real-time intelligence capabilities for contextualized customer engagement.
One theme she really likes is a company that provides products and services that other companies simply can't live without. This company is so ingrained with other businesses processes. They work with AT&T, BCE, Telus, Rogers and Vodafone. Do back-end billing, making sure you are getting charged what you are supposed to be charged for…
Logitech International SA (LOGI-Q)
Harmony Hub takes all your devices and lets you control them with your smartphone. They are working on creating a universal controller.
They make wireless computer mouses, pointing devices, etc. They benefitted during COVID as did their profits, because people were staying home. A high quality business with good cash flow. They are looking to enter, but not sure at what level.
Marvell Technology Group (MRVL-Q)
They produce storage, communications, and consumer semiconductors. Their digital semiconductors for consumer communications is used in smart home technology.
This stock is at the beginning of its turnaround, but portfolio managers got impatient and impulsively sold it. A mistake.
Silicon Laboratories Inc (SLAB-Q)
A semiconductor producer that is used widely in cell-phones and smart devices.
(A Top Pick Jan 26/05. Down 36%.) Face the opportunity for single chip cell phone technology to penetrate the low end of the market. Went up 30% and he sold. Looking at it again.
They create chips that power the smart home devices. They have good technical support, and could break out, but semiconductors have done poorly recently.
They're planning to build $80 billion in chips in North America. Most computer chips are built in Taiwan and there's a huge backlog in orders that has created troubles in many industries, like cars. And demand continues to grow. The Taiwanese remain the best in building these chips. A plant in Ohio is expected to…
A strong player in the IoT space, offering connectivity and machine intelligence to smart home technology. They offer security and automation technology to consumers.
He worries about the possible long tern challenges. Apple is going to develop its own communication chips which would affect Qualcomm. . Would prefer TSM.
They’re focusing on home security and automation systems to protect your home and family.
Company caught in "value trap" where stock price looks cheap, however earnings disappoint and stock price continues to go down. Not much growth going forward and believes dividend must be cut. Believes a communication services company rather than a tech stock. Advises not to buy stock.
AMERICA MOVIL, S.A.B. DE C.V. (AMX-N)
They are working on 5G technology and are working to commercialise smart products to tap into the IoT universe.
(A Top Pick June 5/07. Down 8%.) Largest cellular company in Mexico. Their capacity utilization of the network is superior to many other global ones. Very Bullish on this stock.
Home Depot (HD-N)
You can get everything you need to connect your home. They’ve profited from the DIY boom and smart homes could be the next big thing.
It's down 10% in the past month. A great company. Problem is, there are no buyers in the final minutes of each trading day. No liquidity. The market is too uncertain, so don't buy all at once. Rather, buy in tranches of 20 shares.
Best Buy Company Inc (BBY-N)
A name synonymous with consumer technology. They offer a wide variety of smart homes devices, and smart home systems.
(A Top Pick Jun 22/21, Down 11%) Their Q4 was considered soft, but it still beat earnings by 7%. Operating costs went up due to advertising and supply chain. Still a buy for him. They just bought Current Healthcare to create its own telemedicine focused on seniors' care, a growth area, called Best Buy Health.…
Office Depot (ODP-Q)
They offer a smart home and office installation service that installs and connects Google and Nest products to you building.
Audiovox Corp. (VOXX-Q)
A custom home automation and consumer electronics company. They are working on connecting residential and commercial properties.
No debt and $160 million in cash, a little over $7 per share. Chairman owns 20%. Not widely followed.
Comcast Corp (CMCSA-Q)
Its Xfinity brand has driven their smart home products. They specialize in smart voice-drive TV experiences. They also have partnerships with home security and smart lock companies.
(A Top Pick Jun 22/21, Down 15%) Pace of broadband subscribers less than expected. Market's worried it's losing market share. Other segments doing well. Free cashflow yield an attractive 3.7%. Speculation of increasing dividends and buybacks. Could reach $70 level over next 18-24 months.
ABB Ltd. (ABB-N)
A Swedish-Swiss multinational that develops robotics, power, and automation technology. They are working on building smart grids. These grids are adaptive and responsive, and many current infrastructure needs replacing. These smart grids have a big potential when these infrastructures are redone.
Are they connected enough to green? They focus on smart grids, building grids that connect renewable projects. Now is an interesting time for grid development. Many, like Ontario's, are ancient and need updating. ABB is a play on smart (adaptive, responsive) grids, which are really expensive. If there's more infrastructure spending to update the grid…
Honeywell International (HON-N)
They have consumer smart home solutions, including thermostats, and security systems. It has a good management team and they have good branding.
It got hit today and it's a buying opportunity. The CEO isn't afraid to adjust and evolve the company, which has a track record of reinvention.
General Electric (GE-N)
They have smart outlets and security systems. However, it’s been beaten down a lot, and analysts are wary. They are not cash flow positive, and the business is trying to sell off assets trying to survive.
Our long investing memories cloud judgement. Mismanagement and bad luck have brought hard times. Doesn't see a resurrection. Reverse split resulted in increased share price. Neither finances nor prospects are strong.
Johnson Controls (JCI-N)
An automotive batteries and electronics, and HVAC equipment producer. They also have their building automation system. The system helps keep occupants safe and productive.
(Top Pick Feb 6/17, Down 2%) He expects that it will probably get back to $42-$45. Typically auto does well until the end of May.
Eaton Corp. (ETN-N)
Provides engineering equipment to different companies. They are a key player in the global human machine interface (HMI) race. HMI is a growing market especially due to the rising demand for lower expenses.
They delivered a perfect quarter. They're doing a lot of the right things. Management has horse sense.
They manufacture electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. They make monitors for many industries, including pharma and oil. A leader in highly engineered electrical connectors.
Electronic equipment that makes monitors for many industries from pharma to oil. Established international company. ROIC rose from 14% in 2009 to 26% now. Stock is still cheap. $17B market cap. $3.8B in revenue. Consistent, well-diversified company.
Anixter International (AXE-N)
A communications and security products company. They offer a full-line solutions. A leader in helping businesses and communities build reliable systems.
(Top Pick Oct 4/13, Up 2.40%) It is core industrial America. Just made an acquisition that will be accretive right off the bat.