5 Best Cryptocurrency Stocks to Buy Now

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2018 by Matthew Paulson
5 Best Cryptocurrency Stocks to Buy NowWall Street has a major crush on cryptocurrency markets that it just can't seem to get over. Stock investors look upon the massive gains earned by early Bitcoin and Ethereum investors with envy. They see the value in blockchain technology and distributed ledgers and want to get in on the action before the markets have fully priced in the impact that cryptocurrencies will have on the economy. While most investors won't put in the effort to open up an account with a private cryptocurrency exchange like Binance or Coinbase, there are still plenty of opportunities to get exposure to cryptocurrencies in the public markets.

Don't be fooled though. Publicly-traded companies know their stock price will skyrocket if they make a blockchain announcement, so companies like Long Blockchain Corp (formerly Long Island Ice Tea Corporation) are making spurious pivots into Blockchain technology to ride the hype train. Does anyone really think that an Ice Tea company will become a major player in cryptocurrency markets?

Fortunately, there are plenty of legitimate companies that stand to gain from the cryptocurrency mega-trend. Here are five cryptocurrency stocks that you might consider for your portfolio

#1 - AMD (NASDAQ:AMD)

Advanced Micro Devices logoBitcoin is mined using high-end specialized hardware packages called ASICs that perform no other function than mining Bitcoin. Creators of newer cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Dash wanted to make it so that everyone could mine cryptocurrencies, not just centralized mining facilities with specialized hardware in parts of the world with cheap electricity. They changed their hashing algorithms so that anyone with a modern computer and graphics card, like those made by AMD and Nvidia, could mine their coins. 

AMD's Radeon graphics cards are preferred by cryptocurrency miners because they offer superior hashing performance to those produced by Nvidia. By targeting their products toward miners, they have significantly expanded their potential market size by creating products that can be sold to high-end computer gamers and to cryptocurrency miners.

There are plenty of other reasons to like the company as well. AMD's revenue is now steadily growing again after years of not being able to compete with rival Intel. Analysts keep raising their price targets on the stock and their financials are looking better quarter-by-quarter. 

About Advanced Micro Devices
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc engages in the provision of semiconductor businesses. It operates through the following segments: Computing & Graphics, and Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom. The Computing and Graphics segment includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete and integrated graphics processing units, data center and professional GPUs and development services.Read More 

Current Price: $91.03
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 22 Buy Ratings, 9 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $98.96 (8.7% Upside)



#2 - IBM (NYSE:IBM)

International Business Machines logoMany of us think of International Business Machines (IBM) as a relic of times past. They no longer produce personal computers and largely sell specialized technology service to Fortune 500 companies. This might not be exciting to most, but IBM has been able to introduce and scale new technologies into the Enterprise like no one else. 

IBM is now focusing on democratic applications of the blockchain, allowing its customers to create networks, setup governance rules, invite members into the network and validate transactions. It has launched a consultancy for blockchain technologies teaching companies how to best use the technology and create their own blockchain networks. It has also launched a "blockchain accelerator" program to help guide businesses through the technical and legal ramifications of running blockchain networks.

IBM has also launched an open-source collaboration initiative called Hyperledger that hopes to expand the use of the blockchain in all industries. Hyperledger already has more than 130 member companies in industries spanning financial services, manufacturing and technology all working together to create a distributed ledger framework that is standardized and open.

About International Business Machines
International Business Machines Corp. is an information technology company, which provides integrated solutions that leverage information technology and knowledge of business processes. It operates through the following segments: Cloud and Cognitive Software, Global Business Services, Global Technology Services, Systems, and Global Financing.Read More 

Current Price: $142.75
Consensus Rating: Hold
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $153.29 (7.4% Upside)



#3 - Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK)

Overstock.com logoThe markets have been kind to Overstock (OSTK) for the last several months, primarily because of its growing focus on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

One of its divisions, Medici Ventures, has quietly been working on blockchain technologies for the last three years. According to its website, Medici focuses on “six key areas of emerging crypto-industries” — capital markets, money and banking, identity, land, voting and underlying tech.

Overstock has a a number of portfolio companies dedicated to working on blockchain technology, with tZero being the most prominent. TZero will soon be launching an initial coin offering (ICO) to fund the development of SEC-compliant trade tokens as an an alternative to traditional financial markets. 


About Overstock.com
Overstock.com, Inc operates online shopping commercial site. It also sells these products through www.overstock.com, www.o.com, and www.o.biz. It operates through the following business segments: Retail, tZERO, and MVI. The Retail Segment engages in e-commerce sales through its website. The tZERO Segment focuses on securities transaction through its broker-dealers.Read More 

Current Price: $78.15
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $114.67 (46.7% Upside)



#4 - Square (NYSE:SQ)

Square logoSquare (SQ) could be the first established payments company to fully integrate Bitcoin technology into their payments platform.

Square helps small business owners around the globe accept credit cards through point-of-sale systems and mobile card readers. Business owners might flock to the platform if they become the company that allows them to easily and seamlessly accept Bitcoin. Just about every business owner in the world wishes they had bought Bitcoin five years ago, and owning some that the receive as payments for their business will help business owners feel like they're part of the cryptocurrency mega-trend. 

Square CEO Jack Dorsey has previously called blockchain the "next big unlock" and the company is actively testing Bitcoin payments in its marketplace app, Square Cash. If Square becomes the company that makes it easy to buy Bitcoin and use it for payments, it could benefit from a first-mover advantage and generate significant fee revenue from people using their platform to buy and sell the cryptocurrency.

About Square
Square, Inc provides payment and point-of-sale solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's commerce ecosystem includes point-of-sale software and hardware that enables sellers to turn mobile and computing devices into payment and point-of-sale solutions. It offers hardware products, including Magstripe reader, which enables swiped transactions of magnetic stripe cards; Contactless and chip reader that accepts EMV® chip cards and Near Field Communication payments; Chip card reader, which accepts EMV® chip cards and enables swiped transactions of magnetic stripe cards; Square Stand, which enables an iPad to be used as a payment terminal or full point of sale solution; and Square Register that combines its hardware, point-of-sale software, and payments technology, as well as managed payments solutions.Read More 

Current Price: $251.73
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 24 Buy Ratings, 10 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $252.58 (0.3% Upside)



#5 - Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft logoMicrosoft's (MSFT) Azure cloud computing arm hopes to offer the first mainstream blockchain solution to enterprise businesses. The company is now selling new distributed ledger infrastructure and offering several different blockchain apps for companies to create their own cryptocurrency networks. 

According to Microsoft,  “Rather than spending hours building out and configuring the infrastructure, we have automated these time-consuming pieces to allow you to focus on building out your scenarios and applications. You are only charged for the underlying infrastructure resources consumed, such as compute, storage, and networking. There are no incremental charges for the solution itself.”



About Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Security and Compliance, and Skype for Business, as well as related Client Access Licenses (CAL); Skype, Outlook.com, OneDrive, and LinkedIn; and Dynamics 365, a set of cloud-based and on-premises business solutions for small and medium businesses, organizations, and enterprise divisions.Read More 

Current Price: $286.54
Consensus Rating: Buy
Ratings Breakdown: 29 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $304.05 (6.1% Upside)

 

7 Hotel Stocks Just Waiting For the Vaccine

Like any group of stocks related to travel and tourism, hotel stocks saw a steep drop in share prices in 2020. The leisure and hospitality sector that once had 15 million employees has lost 4 million jobs since February.

Many major cities will be feeling the ripple effects of the Covid-19 pandemic for years. However, there is ample evidence that shows the pandemic may be coming to an end. The number of new cases is dropping. The number of those getting vaccinated is rising. And even in the cities with the most restrictive mitigation measures, the slow process of reopening is beginning.

All of this can’t come fast enough for individuals who rely on the travel and tourism industry for their livelihood. Hotel chains had at least some revenue coming in the door. And when earnings season concludes, the more budget-friendly hotel chains may realize revenue that is 75% of its 2019 numbers. But that is not enough to bring the hotels to anywhere near full employment. Particularly with hotels that have bars and restaurants that have remained closed or open at limited capacity.

Many economists are optimistic that travel may begin to look more normal by the summer of this year. And the global economy may deliver 6.4% GDP growth this year. With that in mind, the hotel chains with the best fundamentals and the broadest footprint will be in the best position as the economy reopens.

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