The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a secret. In fact, by the end of 2016, 62% of Americans owned at least one IoT-connected device.
And while the tech "spotlight" may be on IoT investments, we've found three IoT stocks (one that's completely under the radar) with tremendous profit potential.
Before we get to the stocks, it's important to realize just how revolutionary the Internet of Things is...
IoT refers to any piece of technology that has the ability to connect to the Internet and/or another IoT device, including cell phones, coffee makers, headphones, and wearable devices like smart watches.
By the end of 2018, the number of IoT devices is expected to reach 11.2 billion. Think about that...
There are 7.6 billion people on Earth, and our population is only estimated to reach that 11.2 billion number by 2100.
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By 2020, the number of IoT-connected machines is expected to reach 30 billion devices and $3 trillion in spending, according to the International Data Corporation.
That $3 trillion in spending will create a massive profit opportunity for a select group of tech stocks.
Now, here are two of the most popular ways to play the growing IoT market. Plus, we'll show you a completely under-the-radar pick in this industry...
2 of the Most Popular IoT Stocks on the Market Today
Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA) is well-known as a CPU and GPU maker. CPUs are essentially the brains of computers. GPUs are specialized chips for rendering images, animations, and video for computer screens.
GPUs are critical for artificial intelligence platforms that make the Internet of Things useful, and Nvidia supplies the technology they require.
In March, Arm Holdings, a software-design company, chose to integrate Nvidia's Deep Learning Accelerator architecture into its Project Trillium platform. This platform aims to connect 1 trillion IoT devices.
Nvidia is essentially helping IoT chipmakers incorporate AI into their products.
If successful, NVDA's GPUs specializing in AI could be purchased by even more companies. That means more revenue for the company and profits in your pocket.
Analysts have an average price target of $275.57 on NVDA shares, which represents 11% upside from here. That may be conservative.
Analysts expect NVDA to increase earnings another 58% this year and anticipate a jump of 34% for revenue year over year.
As a long-term investment, any dip in the NVDA stock price should be viewed as a buying opportunity.
A second play on the IoT market is Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL).
MRVL specializes in data storage, network infrastructure, and wireless-connectivity solutions, all necessary for the Internet of Things to work.
We like Marvell because it recently opened an electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) lab to implement its cloud IoT technology on the connected-car industry.
MRVL is using the EMC lab to build a portfolio of connectivity chips that target fast-growing automotive applications.
Over 125 million cars with embedded connectivity will be purchased over the next five years, according to Counterpoint Research.
Marvell recently created an automotive-connectivity product equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, allowing two independent multimedia streams of data to run simultaneously without compromising bandwidth.
Analysts have an average price target of $27.27 on MRVL shares, which represents 26% upside from here.
With a VQScore of 3.75, Marvel is a solid buy with room left to run to the upside.
While both of those companies are excellent ways to play the industry, this next play has by far the highest profit potential.
And this IoT stock continues to fly under the radar...
Gains of at Least 52% in Store with Our Top IoT Stock
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Micron Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MU) is the semiconductor king. The company operates in nearly 20 countries and holds more than 27,000 patents.
Semiconductors play a significant role in making our electronic devices function, especially complex IoT tech.
Micron makes these tiny semiconductors and memory products, including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), NAND Flash memory, NOR Flash memory, solid state drives (SSDs), multichip packages (MCPs), and hybrid memory cubes (HMCs).
Don't worry about all the acronyms for now. Just know that Micron makes a diverse line of products, all of which are powering the Internet of Things.
Memory is what allows IoT devices to multitask, connect, and speak to one another - it holds information while it's in transit.
In its last earnings report on June 20, MU stated IoT is driving healthy memory demand while beating analyst expectations on the top and bottom line and raising future expectations.
The Street received the news positively, and the stock closed about 1% higher the following trading day.
However, MU quickly reversed and is down 8% since that report because of increased capital expenditures. But that's not a reason to avoid the stock. Instead, we think this is an ideal buying opportunity.
You see, MU went from losing $276 million its fiscal year ending on August 2016 to profiting $5.1 billion in fiscal 2017.
Growth is the new norm for this IoT stock, as Micron has already recorded $9.8 billion of net income in the first three quarters of fiscal 2018.
Analysts have an average price target of $80.30 on MU shares, which represents 52% upside from here.
With a VQScore of 4.15, Micron is our favorite technology company to prosper from the upcoming multitrillion-dollar IoT boom.
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