In this article, we are going to present a list of the 10 best auto stocks to buy now. Click to skip ahead and take a look at the 5 best auto stocks to buy now.
Automotive industry is very big and includes a large number of companies many of which are publicly traded. This allows investors to buy shares and earn money as these companies grow. However, there are several factors to consider when picking an automotive stock for your portfolio, one of which being the overall state of the economy. Cars are included in the consumer durables sector and are closely tied to the overall economic situation, which makes sense because when there is a downturn in the economy people are less likely to buy a new car. For example, the last recession has deeply affected most car makers, and even caused General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) to file for Chapter 11.
However, while sales of cars are cyclical, the costs that automakers incur are not, as their factories, employees, suppliers require payment no matter how many vehicles they manage to sell. That’s why when picking an auto stock to invest in, it’s a good idea to check the company’s cash position and fixed costs to better understand what situation the company is going to be in should a recession come (which is more a question of “when” rather than “if”). This year, even though we avoided a recession, the auto industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and experts predict it will take years for a recovery to 2019 levels.
Another factor to take into account is where the company stays in regard to latest consumer and even political trends. For example, currently electric vehicles are highly popular around the world due to their low environmental impact, which is why many large auto makers have committed to launching more electric vehicles. However, manufacturers of electric vehicles also face high costs and other challenges, such as limited range of vehicles, longer re-charge time compared to re-fueling a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. In addition, technology is also constantly evolving and it might be the case that hydrogen will actually be the fuel of the future, so it might be worth it to consider looking into companies that have mentioned working with hydrogen as a fuel source for their vehicles.
So if you’ll get a list of all auto stocks, you’ll likely have to sift through a lot of data to identify which are the best auto stocks to buy now. However, we have the solution to this problem and can help you identify the 10 best auto stocks to buy now. We will look into the financial performance and latest updates of auto stocks that we have selected, but the list was compiled based on just one metric. This metric is the hedge fund sentiment, and it shows how popular an individual stock is among hedge funds.
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Having said that, let’s take a look at our list of the 10 best auto stocks to buy now. The list is based on hedge fund picks from the latest round of 13F filings (for the end of September) and it includes both companies that make cars as well as trucks.
10. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU) saw 20 funds from our database holding long positions as of the end of September, unchanged over the quarter. Among these investors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke, and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital is the top shareholder, even though it cut its stake by 65% on the quarter to 6.80 million shares. Other investors include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, which added Fiat Chrysler to its portfolio.
After the pandemic affected the company during the first two quarters, the US-Italian carmaker saw a recovery during the July-September period, with a growth in pickup trucks and Jeeps in the US. The company posted an adjusted EPS of 0.97 euro ($1.18) for the third quarter, beating the estimates by 0.57 euro and revenue of 25.81 billion euro topped the expectations by 770 million euro.
Fiat Chrysler is currently in the process of merging with PSA, a French multinational car maker that owns the Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. The companies agreed to merge in December 2019 and they expect the deal to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. The merged group, called Stellantis, will be the fourth largest carmaker in the world with projected sales of 7.9 million vehicles per year and revenue of 180 billion euros.
9. Xpeng Inc – ADR (NYSE:XPEV)
Xpeng Inc – ADR (NYSE:XPEV) and Li Auto Inc. are both newcomers to our list of stocks that hedge funds are fond of and both immediately captured the attention of 26 investors that disclosed long positions in the last round of 13F filings. Among the investors that acquired shares of the company are Larry Chen and Terry Zhang’s Tairen Capital and Josh Resnick‘s Jericho Capital Asset Management, which disclosed stakes worth $81.48 million and $27.01 million.
Xpeng Inc – ADR (NYSE: XPEV) is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer headquartered in Guangzhou, but which also has offices in Mountain View, California. The company, which has Xiaomi Corp and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd – ADR (NYSE:BABA) among its investors, was founded in 2014 and four years later started production of its first model, the Xpeng G3 SUV and a year later it released the second model, the P7.
Since it went public on August 26, Xpeng saw its stock more than triple from the $15 IPO price. Earlier this month, Xpeng Inc – ADR (NYSE:XPEV) said it delivered 4,224 vehicles in November, up by more than 340% over the year and since the beginning of the year it delivered 21,341 vehicles.