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An autonomous vehicle is one that can drive itself without any human intervention and perform any necessary task through its ability to sense its surroundings. The six levels of automation start from level 0, where a car is entirely dependent on a human driver, up to level 5, where a car does not need human assistance. A car with level 5 automation would be not only able to communicate with other cars but also with traffic lights, signage, and even the roads, to ensure a better and more safe driving experience.
The growth of the autonomous vehicle industry is driven by a secular trend toward sustainability and safety. Every year, almost 1 million deaths are recorded due to road tragedies, and about 90% of them are caused by human error. Autonomous vehicles, due to their non-dependency on human assistance, can diminish these issues significantly and reduce accidents due to human error. Moreover, autonomous vehicles can reduce carbon emissions by reducing the time wasted in commuting by 90% and increasing car utilization.
Even though 40% of car customers worldwide would be willing to drive fully autonomous cars, there are still some concerns that need to be addressed. Crashes caused by the hacking and hijacking of autonomous vehicles and the leakage of private data being collected by these cars are some of the issues people have raised regarding autonomous cars. Aside from this, the necessary technology for an autonomous vehicle to work completely is still in development, including the availability of reliable and consistent 5G technology.
However, given the amount of resources being put into the sector, we can expect the technical issues to be resolved soon in the future. According to Statista, the value of the global autonomous vehicle market in 2021 stood at $27 billion and is expected to grow to $62 billion by 2026. According to Globenewswire, the industry is expected to grow to $125.67 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 22.3%. Many big names in the technology and automobile industry are engaged in developing semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles, with prototypes being tested in their R&D centers. Almost 73% of all cars in the United Kingdom are expected to have some level of autonomy by 2025 before fully autonomous cars enter the market.
Some of the leading names operating in the autonomous vehicle industry include QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), and Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA).
To come up with a list of the 11 best autonomous vehicle stocks to invest in, we have picked some of the leading companies operating in the autonomous vehicle industry and have ranked their stocks in order of hedge fund holding using Insider Monkey's proprietary hedge fund holdings database, tracking more than 900 hedge funds. Hedge fund sentiment provides insight to an average investor about the potential return prospects of a company.
11 Best Autonomous Vehicle Stocks To Invest In
11. ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 45
ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON) is a company based in the United States that delivers intelligent sensing and power solutions. Intelligent power technologies from the company enable the electrification of the automotive industry, enabling lighter and longer-range electric vehicles, empowering efficient fast-charging systems, and propelling sustainable energy for the most efficient solar strings, industrial power, and storage systems. Moreover, ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON) develops sensors for autonomous vehicles such as LiDAR, radar, and cameras.
On November 1, 2022, Joseph Moore, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, increased his price target on ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON) to $70.40 while keeping an Equal Weight rating on stocks. Despite some margin pressure, the analyst believes that the company is well-prepared for the challenging times ahead.
As per Insider Monkey’s database, 45 hedge funds owned stakes in ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON) at the end of the September quarter. Whale Rock Capital Management was the most bullish fund on the company’s stock at the end of Q3 2022.
In addition to ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are included in our list of 11 best autonomous vehicle stocks to invest in.
10. Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 49
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) is a global leader in the designing, manufacturing, and marketing of highly specialized specialty chemicals. The Lithium division of the company develops lithium-based solutions for various sectors, including the autonomous car industry. Lithium batteries are widely used in electric vehicles.
On November 8, 2022, Arun Viswanathan, an analyst at RBC Capital, increased his price target on Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) to $380 while keeping an Outperform rating on the stock. Although the analyst is bullish on Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) due to the tight lithium supply-demand market, he remains wary of the possibility of significant price swings in the lithium spot market.
49 hedge funds are currently bullish on Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) as per Insider Monkey’s database. Millennium Management had the leading stake in the company at the end of Q3 2022.
Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine, and refining catalysts. The company’s shares outperformed meaningfully in the quarter, driven largely by robust demand for lithium used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries. Albemarle is well-positioned for the accelerating adoption of electric vehicles and could benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act.
9. NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 52
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) is a Dutch multinational semiconductor company. The company's products include cryptography security, high-speed interface, radio frequency, power management, digital signal processing, and embedded system design. The company's product solutions are utilized in various end-market applications, including automotive, internet of things, and communications infrastructure. The company’s advanced driver assistance systems include radar, lidar, vision sensing, and a V2X system.
On November 2, 2022, Ross Seymore, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, reduced his price target on NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) to $170 while keeping a Buy rating on the stock. According to the analyst, the company reported an impressive earnings beat in Q3 2022; however, the fourth quarter guide seems light. The analyst believes that the management is being careful in its approach to declining demand in consumer-exposed segments.
According to Insider Monkey’s database, 52 hedge funds held stakes in NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) at the end of the third quarter ending September 2022. Citadel Investment Group remained the leading stakeholder in the company at the end of Q3 2022.
8. Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ:HON)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 53
Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ: HON) is a global technology and manufacturing firm that provides aerospace and automotive products and services. Its business segments include aerospace, home & building technologies, safety & productivity solutions, and performance materials & technologies. VSI Labs uses inertial measurement units from Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ:HON) to develop vehicle systems that help autonomous vehicles in positioning.
On December 9, 2022, Kaplowitz Read, an analyst at Citi, increased his price target on Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ:HON) to $248 from $213 while keeping a Buy rating on the stock. According to the analyst, improvement in the supply chain and price vs. cost trends remain in favor of improving profitability.
As per Insider Monkey’s database, 53 hedge funds remained bullish on Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ:HON) at the end of Q3 2022. Diamond Hill Capital came out to be the biggest holder of the company’s shares at the end of the quarter.
The portfolio’s quality bias and valuation discipline have generated compelling returns over time with typically strong relative results in more challenging environments as it did through the first three quarters of 2020. However, that same quality bias tends to create a more challenging relative performance environment for the Strategy during periods of sharp economic acceleration, which tend to benefit stocks that are more commodity linked or of lower quality. This has been the case during the vaccine- and stimulus-driven rally experienced late last year and during the most recent quarter. Sectors that lagged in the quarter included industrials, Honeywell also lagged in the quarter after previously generating strong returns over extended periods.
7. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 69
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is a global corporation that develops, manufactures, and distributes computer hardware and software worldwide. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is a majority shareholder of Mobileye Global Inc. (NASDAQ:MBLY), which is a leading provider of self-driving technologies and driver assistance systems. Mobileye's product portfolio comprises computation platforms, computer vision, machine learning-based sensing, mapping and localization, driving policy, and active sensors needed for assisted and autonomous driving.
On October 31, 2022, Christopher Danely, an analyst at Citi, reduced his price target on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) to $27. The analyst believes that INTC reported mixed results for Q3 2022 but also unveiled a cost-cutting plan which should help the company.
At the end of Q3 2022, 69 hedge funds in Insider Monkey’s database were bullish on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) at the end of the quarter. Two Sigma Advisors remained the leading stakeholder of the company at the end of Q3 2022.
Baron Funds mentioned the company in its Q2 2022 investor letter and stated that:
Then, there is the case of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). A blue-chip tech champion with a market capitalization of over $500 billion in early 2000, the stock was trading at a P/E multiple of 42. It was a fast-growing company whose stock price and multiple declined more or less in line with its peers. However, unlike Google, Intel’s net income has grown from $7.3 billion in 1999 to $19.9 billion in 2021, a compounded annual growth rate of just 4.7%. Its growth from the dot com era has not proven to be durable, and Intel has yet to trade at the price it attained in 1999.
6. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 74
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is an American vehicle manufacturer that designs, manufactures, and distributes trucks, crossovers, automobiles, and automobile components, as well as software-enabled services and subscriptions, globally. The company’s cruise segment provides software and hardware autonomous automobile technologies like light detection and ranging sensors. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has plans to launch autonomous Robotaxi in the United States.
On October 26, 2022, Ryan Brinkman, an analyst at JPMorgan, increased his price target on General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) to $59 while keeping an Overweight rating on the stock. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) turned in higher than anticipated EBIT in Q3 and the analyst remains confident in the company’s ability to execute amidst a challenging environment as it has several times in its history.
As per Insider Monkey’s database, 74 hedge funds remained bullish on General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) at the end of the third quarter. Berkshire Hathaway had the biggest stake in the company at the end of the third quarter.
Diamond Hill made the following comment about General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) in its Q3 2022 investor letter:
Most recently, we initiated a position in General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), one of the largest automakers in the United States. Over the past several years, GM has taken steps necessary to focus the company on the most profitable segments and move into position to compete in an electrified and autonomous world. With the recent rise in interest rates there was a meaningful selloff in the auto industry, which presented us with an attractive entry point to a name we know well.
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