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Growth stocks took a beating in early 2022, bringing valuations down to attractive levels. Some analysts believe the current market correction in tech stocks offers an opportunity for beginner investors to pile into stocks with long-term growth potential. Analysts are also keeping a close eye on tech companies' performance and earnings reports.
According to Wall Street Journal, Saira Malik, chief investment officer at Nuveen, said:
“While we’re pleased to see that valuations have come down a bit, that’s not the key driver that we’re counting on to drive the markets higher. We’re counting on earnings.”
Insider Monkey tracks over 900 elite hedge funds. For this article we picked the stocks that are popular among these hedge funds and have long-term growth prospects, especially in the context of the current decline in tech stocks.
10 Best Hot Stocks To Buy Right Now
10. Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 29
Established in 1984, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) is one of the world's largest and most influential movie theater chain operators. The company currently has operations across 42 U.S. states and 15 countries throughout South and Central America.
Bernard Horn of Polaris Capital Management is one of the biggest stakeholders of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) as of the end of the fourth quarter, according to the data tracked by Insider Monkey. Overall, 29 funds were bullish on the company by the end of the December quarter, compared to 32 in the previous quarter.
Similar to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) is a notable stock to invest in.
9. Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 91
No stranger to making frequent headlines, billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is a California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company that is involved in the design and manufacturing electric cars, and battery energy storage.
Evercore ISI analyst Chris McNally noted Tesla's Q4 beat in an investor note and said that the company's guidance of 50% to 60% unit growth implies deliveries of more than 1.4 million units, which is above consensus expectations.
Our core portfolio as of this writing—TSLA, SPOT, SHOP, ABNB, and AMZN—are all premier examples of companies that use the concept of aggregation of marginal gains to continuously improve their value proposition for customers. After all, what is innovation if not just a continuous search for fractional advantages in business?
The way we see it, Tesla is perhaps the generational example of the marginal gain aggregation theory. It’s also been our largest position for several years now. There are many ways to characterize and value this business (see previous letters for longform write-ups), but perhaps the best way to think about the company is that it is a highly vertically-integrated software and hardware firm that’s devoted entirely to aggregating marginal gains across its organization. The goal? Lower costs, improve thruputs, and dramatically enhance the value proposition—at scale—for consumers…” (Click here to see the full text)
8. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 49
Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is a Minnesota-based retail corporation that operates general merchandise discount stores.
In an effort to revamp its stores to serve more via fulfillment centers for online orders, Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) in late 2021 announced to invest $4 billion a year for several years to speed up its shift to e-commerce.
Out of the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Rajiv Jain's GQG Partners is the leading shareholder in Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), with over 4.9 million shares worth more than $1.14 billion.
7. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 57
Incorporated in New York and headquartered in Boston, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) is a multinational diversified technology company.
On November 10, Wells Fargo analyst Joseph O'Dea raised the price target on General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) to $120 from $110, and kept an Equal Weight rating on the shares.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, 57 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $6.3 billion in General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), up from 53 in the previous quarter worth $6.2 billion. Andreas Halvorsen's Viking Global is the leading shareholder in the company.
“General Electric is outperforming our expectations for 2021 as the economic recovery is occurring faster than expected. We are particularly pleased with its free cash flow generation. We are happy to own it in our portfolio.”
6. JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 67
Formerly called 360buy, JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD) is a Chinese e-commerce company headquartered in Beijing.
On November 11, Goldman Sachs analyst Ronald Keung reiterated a Buy rating and a $123 price target on JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD) shares, keeping the stock on his Conviction List.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, 67 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD), down from 76 in the previous quarter. The total value of these stakes is over $3.9 billion.
Out of the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey’s database, investment firm Tiger Global Management LLC is the major shareholder in JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD) with over 53.7 million shares worth more than $3.8 billion.
In addition to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD) is a stock that investors are paying attention to.
Arisaig Partners mentioned JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD) in its Q2 2021 investor letter. Here is what the firm has to say:
“JD.com, for example, continues to display impressive operating momentum, with sales on track to grow around 30% this year by our estimates. Looking longer term, this company is making a credible claim to be the dominant player in Chinese grocery ecommerce, an enormous chunk of overall consumption in China, and the last one yet to move online in a big way. We think that JD has a clear advantage over rivals here thanks to its integrated and fully self-managed logistics capabilities. Whereas an offline big box retailer might have 10-20,000 SKUs, JD offers 8 million. 90% of orders fulfilled by JD Logistics can be delivered on the same day or the next day to 500 million customers. The fact that JD has just 30 days of inventory tells us that this is a highly-optimised fulfilment chain. It is very hard to be both fast and efficient, and in order to achieve this it is necessary to know what inventory to hold in which warehouse, and when to hold it (“right place, right time, right person”), a highly information-intensive challenge. The only other retailer that comes close to being able to manage that level of complexity is Amazon, and indeed these are capabilities that are very hard to replicate, taking decades of painstaking investment, trial and error testing, and data accumulation.
Moreover, far from being some sort of ‘victim’, this company is most likely a beneficiary of tighter regulation in this sector. A recurrent message running through JD’s recent investor day was that of “deep purpose”, the objective being to create shared value for a broader ecosystem of customers, merchants and employees. As we describe in the next section on “Navigating China”, this form of alignment with the strategic objectives of the government is a very China-specific way of conceptualising ESG, and essential for all businesses that operate in this country to get right…” (Click here to see the full text).
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