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3 Top Stock Charts to Buy for 2022

Equities are topping off a banner year this week. Barring any late-day shenanigans, the S&P 500 should end 2021 with an annual gain of 27%. With such…

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Equities are topping off a banner year this week. Barring any late-day shenanigans, the S&P 500 should end 2021 with an annual gain of 27%. With such a strong backdrop, my watchlist is littered with good-looking charts to buy.

Notably, many are poised for further gains as we begin a new year. I consider the three below all top stock charts to buy for 2022.

To increase the odds of success, I’m casting a wide net. Rather than focus on a single sector, today’s list includes an automobile company that’s cashing in on the electric vehicle movement, a technology heavyweight, and a volatile growth stock that’s due for a resurgence. The first two are ending the year on a high note, inches from new 52-week highs. The third is a wild card that looks to be bottoming.

  • Ford (NYSE:F)
  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
  • Affirm (NASDAQ:AFRM)

We’ll take a closer look at each price chart and map out which price levels need to be broken before pulling the trigger. Then, I’ll build out an intelligent options trade to capitalize on their next leg higher.

3 Top Stock Charts to Buy for 2022: Ford (F)

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2021 has been a transformative year for Ford. Its share price is up 136%, carrying prices to levels not seen in 20 years. Investors have cheered the company’s improving earnings numbers and its continued expansion into electric vehicles. Ford reinstated its quarterly dividend after first halting the payout last year when the global pandemic torpedoed the economy.

Ford shares are rallying nicely this morning, up 1.5%. That places them within striking distance of this year’s high and at the top end of the recent trading range. In addition, the 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages are all rising to confirm buyers dominate the trend across all time frames.

This sets up a clean breakout trade heading into 2022. Bull call spreads offer limited risk and a low-cost way to play. I will use March options to provide exposure through the first quarter.

The Trade: Buy the March $20/$25 call vertical for $1.60.

Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft (MSFT) stock chart with bullish breakout.Source: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade

In a way, 2021 was the year of the mega-cap. The broad market indexes exhibited such little volatility and remained pinned near record highs throughout the year because the largest holdings, like Microsoft, refused to go down. They acted as safe havens even as growth stocks, SPACs, small-caps, and other areas suffered significant drawdowns.

Even now, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq ending on a high note, many beaten-down areas remain that way. If you want to be a contrarian and bet MSFT stock receives its comeuppance next year, go ahead. For now, the chart looks healthy, and I see a potential breakout trade looming. The past two months saw a sideways base form, with a possible trigger over $345.

If prices rise above it, buy call spreads.

The Trade: Buy the March $345/$365 bull call for around $7.50.

3 Top Stock Charts to Buy for 2022: Affirm (AFRM)

Affirm Holdings (AFRM) stock chart with bottoming pattern.Source: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade

The third submission for today’s top stock charts to buy is a wild card. Unlike its predecessors, Affirm finds itself searching for a bottom at the lower end of its price chart. It’s a highly volatile stock that fell 50% since last month’s peak. Previous to that, shares rose 280% in about six months. So if you can catch it when shares are in favor, significant gains await.

Over the past two weeks, the downtrend’s momentum slowed, and support is forming at the 200-day moving average. If prices can climb above the 20-day moving average, it would further confirm that a bottom is in. At that point, I think a quick trip to $130 is in the cards. To be clear, wait for a rise above $109 before pulling the trigger.

The sky-high volatility makes spread trades the best strategy to use.

The Trade: Buy the February $110/$130 bull call spread for around $6.

On the date of publication, Tyler Craig was LONG F. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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Nio Has Big Plans for 2022, But the Nio Stock Recovery Might Take Longer

Investors in the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) group Nio (NYSE:NIO) stock have been scratching their heads amidst the year-long decline. On Feb. 10, 2021,…

Investors in the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) group Nio (NYSE:NIO) stock have been scratching their heads amidst the year-long decline. On Feb. 10, 2021, NIO stock hit a peak of $64.60 — a price that is now in the rearview mirror.

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Then, Nio shares saw a 52-week low of $27.52 in late December and closed at $29.12 on Jan. 20, down 48% in the last 12 months and 4.5% year-to-date (YTD). By comparison, the S&P Kensho Electric Vehicles Index has dropped 21.6% in the past 52 weeks and 6.8% YTD.

Despite the decline in shares of many EV names, the industry is growing. For instance, new-energy vehicles (NEV) sales in China, the largest EV market in the world, is expected to exceed 5 million units in 2022. And EV sales should comprise over 30% of the nation’s auto market, reaching at least 7 million units, by 2025.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities are reducing EV subsidies for 2022 and will withdraw them completely in 2023. Moreover, the government has recently removed a long-standing mandate and now allows for “full foreign ownership of passenger car manufacturing” in China.

Puzzled by the extended downtrend, investors of NIO stock wonder what could be in store for the company in 2022. Despite the positive industry outlook, fierce competition and stringent regulations could create further headwinds for NIO. Thus, investors might want to wait on the sidelines for the short-term.

Nio’s Q3 Performance

Founded in 2014, the China-based EV group Nio aims to differentiate itself through its battery swapping solutions, Battery as a Service (BaaS) and Autonomous Driving as a Service (ADaaS).

Management issued Q3 financial results in early November. Revenue soared 116.6% year-over-year (YoY) to 9,805.3 million RMB, or $1.5 billion. Total EV deliveries reached 24,439 vehicles, up 100.2% compared to year-ago quarter.

Net loss attributable to NIO’s ordinary shareholders came in at 2.86 billion RMB (or $443.7 million). It went up by over 140%, mainly due to the increase in operating expenses. Cash and equivalents were 47 billion RMB, or $7.3 billion at quarter end.

On these metrics, CEO William Bin Li said, “Despite the continued supply chain volatilities, our teams and partners are working closely together to secure the supply and production for the fourth quarter of 2021.”

Meanwhile, recent delivery figures point to a record delivery of 25,034 vehicles in Q4, up 44.3% YOY. Total deliveries ended 2021 with 91,429 vehicles, up 109.1% YOY. Nio is expected to report Q4 earnings in late February.

Adding NIO Stock to Portfolios

Among 26 analysts polled, NIO stock has a consensus buy rating. Also, the consensus of 25 analysts for a 12-month median price target stands around $58.43, implying an upside potential of 95% from current levels. The 12-month price estimates for the stock range between $37.74 and $87.64.

Its trailing price-to-book (P/B) and price-to-sales (P/S) ratios stand at 11.9 and 8.5, respectively. By comparison, these metrics for Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) are a P/B of 37.8 and a P/S of 24.7.

Put another way, despite the recent decline, NIO shares still look frothy by traditional valuation metrics. The same holds true for TSLA stock as well.

Yet the company gets significant attention due to its growth potential. Thus, despite the ongoing negative market sentiment, investors might want to keep the stock on their radars with a view to buy around $29, or even below.

Meanwhile, interested readers could also consider investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that also holds NIO stock. Examples include the First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund (NASDAQ:QCLN), the Invesco PureBeta FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (BATS:PBEE), the KraneShares MSCI China Clean Technology ETF (NYSEARCA:KGRN) or the VanEck Vectors Low Carbon Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:SMOG).

Bottom Line on NIO Stock

Currently, NIO is one of the top-selling EV manufacturers in China. It sells a number of car models including a coupe sports car and three SUV models. Since last September, Nio has been selling its ES8 model in Norway as well. The company plans to expand into five more countries in Europe in 2022 and more than 25 countries worldwide by 2025.

Also, this year management is launching two new models. The luxury sedan ET7, will be available for orders as of Jan. 20. Deliveries are expected to start by late-March. The other new model, the ET5, is a midsize premium smart electric sedan. Deliveries are anticipated to commence in September 2022.

As part of these expansion plans, a second manufacturing plant is being built at NeoPark in Hefei. The facility, which will help meet the growing demand, is expected to become operational around September 2022.

In summary, Nio has a solid product line and offers tangible growth strategies. However, NIO shares could continue to come under pressure in 2022, in part due to tougher competition, higher operational costs and regulatory risks. Given the upcoming tightening moves by the Federal Reserve, investors are also taking money off the table. Therefore, NIO stock could easily continue to slip further below $30. Long-term investors might still need to be patient.

On the date of publication, Tezcan Gecgil did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Tezcan Gecgil has worked in investment management for over two decades in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to formal higher education in the field, she has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation.

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DATS Stock Alert: The Latest Acquisition News Sending DatChat Soaring Today

It’s been a busy week for DatChat (NASDAQ:DATS), and it isn’t even over. Yesterday, the alternative social media platform announced it was venturing…

It’s been a busy week for DatChat (NASDAQ:DATS), and it isn’t even over. Yesterday, the alternative social media platform announced it was venturing into the non-fungible token (NFT) security space. Today, it took this mission a step further. DatChat has signed a letter of intent to acquire Avila Security Corporation. This move will mean significantly expanding its holdings in the blockchain and user data security spaces. DATS stock didn’t react well to the news yesterday, but the tides have shifted. Both companies have cause to celebrate today.

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What’s Happening With DATS Stock

Yesterday began with the news of DatChat’s Web 3.0 platform initiative. While this sounded like good news, DATS stock did not initially react to it, slipping into the red. Today’s news has clued Wall Street into the fact that DatChat is making big plans to gain share of a rapidly expanding market. As of this writing, DATS stock is up 23% on the day. It shot up early and hasn’t slipped.

This morning’s gains have pushed DATS into the green by more than 40% for the week and 23% for the month. Investors saw the stock spend the final month of 2021 in decline, falling by as much as 22%. This type of growth should be reassuring.

While the deal is not yet finalized, it includes “$1 million in cash and the greater of 739,650 shares of restricted common stock.”

Why It Matters

These back-to-back announcements make one thing undeniably clear — DatChat is serious about blockchain security. The company made a name for itself by offering secure social media and messaging options. Now it has recognized that its technology can be applied to a new market, one that is ripe with potential. According to a statement released two days ago, the company is focused on building a “decentralized advertising network for Web 3.0 and Metaverse applications.”

The successful acquisition of Avila will expand DatChat’s intellectual property assets to include both blockchain-based digital rights management and object-sharing technology. The move also makes sense for the company’s communications aspect. Avila’s assets also include encrypted WebRTC real-time video and audio-streaming communications. In acquiring this little-known company, DatChat is strengthening both the old and new components of its business.

The markets for enhanced digital security in both communications and digital asset storage is booming. NFT sales are rising, but as they do, so do theft and fraud within the space. Additionally, Web 3.0 and metaverse applications are only going to help drive stock prices up as both markets heat up in 2022. InvestorPlace’s Luke Lango predicts that in 2022, metaverse stocks will see the type of growth that the electric vehicle (EV) sector did in 2021. If DatChat continues this type of progress, it could be among the metaverse stocks that are destined for growth in the year ahead.

What It Means

When a company announces two major deals in the same space within the same week, investors should pay attention. The second deal isn’t finalized, but DatChat has proven it means business when it comes to these digital expansions. It sees multiple red-hot markets, and it is strategically planning ways to secure shares of both.

NFT security, encrypted social media and metaverse technology are going to be three of the hottest sectors in 2022. If you’re bullish on any, or all three, DATS stock should be on your radar.

On the publication date, Samuel O’Brient did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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Rivian Stock Price Predictions: Where Will RIVN Go After Hitting New Lows?

So far, 2022 continues to be a difficult year for Rivian (NASDAQ:RIVN). The electric vehicle (EV) producer recently hit an all-time low of $67.40, with…

So far, 2022 continues to be a difficult year for Rivian (NASDAQ:RIVN). The electric vehicle (EV) producer recently hit an all-time low of $67.40, with prices currently hovering slightly above that level. It seems like reasonable valuations are finally catching up to RIVN stock. As a result, investors are seeking out Rivian price predictions for 2022.

A Rivian (RIVN) sign out front of an Illinois manufacturing plant.Source: James Yarbrough / Shutterstock.com

After debuting on the Nasdaq exchange last year as the largest initial public offering (IPO) of 2021, shares of RIVN stock climbed to as high as $179. Ford (NYSE:F) was an early backer of Rivian, investing $500 million into the EV maker in 2019. In addition, Ford invested an additional $902 million during Q1 of last year. Now, these investments are paying off. The legacy automaker reported that it had earned a staggering $8.2 billion from its Rivian stake during Q4 alone.

Ford’s investment in Rivian is interesting because the two companies compete on the truck front. Ford’s flagship EV truck is the F-150 Lightning, while Rivian boasts the R1T. The competition was heightened after Ford announced last year that it would not be moving forward with plans to build an EV on Rivian’s Skateboard platform. This announcement came shortly after Ford revealed that it would be doubling its planned EV production to 600,000 vehicles per year by 2024.

Is Ford coming after Rivian’s market share after helping fund the EV startup? It certainly seems like it. With the heightened competition in mind, let’s take a look at Rivian price predictions.

RIVN Price Predictions: What’s Next for This EV Producer?

  • Bank of America has a price target of $170. Analyst John Murphy believes that Rivian is one of the most legitimate EV competitors with a business model that addresses all stages of the vehicle lifecycle. Murphy also noted that Rivian ranks “fairly well” in his AutoTech entrant analysis, meeting six of the 10 criteria.
  • Tigress Financial Partners has a price target of $147. Analyst Ivan Feinseth believes that Rivian is well-positioned to take advantage of the $9 trillion global automotive market. Furthermore, Feinseth noted that Rivian’s modular design platform provides an opportunity for the company to expand its product line and create reoccurring revenue streams.
  • Deutsche Bank has a price target of $130. Analyst Emmanuel Rosner is impressed with both Rivian’s hardware and software. On software, Rosner views “Rivian’s plan to generate lifetime recurring high-margin revenue from selling services to its installed base of vehicles as one of the most credible among automakers.” On hardware, Rosner believes that Rivian’s “flexible EV architecture supports a rapid cadence of vehicle launches” that will allow the EV maker to achieve economies of scale.
  • Finally, Rivian has an average price target of $134.36 among 14 firms with coverage of stock.

On the date of publication, Eddie Pan did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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