NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / July 27, 2023 / Tech stocks are enjoying a strong rally driven partly by advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. But such a robust rally in an otherwise stagnant and uncertain economic landscape has some worried that AI may be a bubble with the potential to burst as catastrophically as the dot com bubble. Despite those fears of a bubble bursting, there are a number of analysts that are still optimistic about the emerging tech. So where are traders looking for bullish trades in a rally that some say has already peaked?
Continued Pause in Rate Hikes Could Help AI "Bubble" Become A Boom
The Fed paused interest rate hikes in June. While economists aren't as certain about that pause as they seemed a few months ago, that pause could be taken as an encouraging signal for investors who've been hesitant about participating in the AI-driven rally.
Even as AI-related stocks have climbed this year, only a tiny fraction of that growth is driven by retail investors, who injected just around 100 million (according to Markets Insider), in net daily cash flow into these stocks through May 29. That lack of further investment does not seem to be for lack of interest, though. As cash flow declined over April and May, the Google search volume for "AI" and related keywords has soared.
The market appears interested, but cautious. So any upcoming signals that the economy is at least sidestepping a recession could boost confidence enough for retail investors to potentially lead a second rally in AI stocks.
Short-term traders may want to keep an eye on key macroeconomic catalysts like the next Fed meeting, the next consumer price index report and the next jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help gear up for AI-related trades.
Robotics Is Transforming Nearly Every Industry
Robotics companies have raised over $1.63 billion (according to The RobotReport) in investments so far this year, with autonomous vehicles and surgical robots leading the pack. Self-driving cars have taken a lot longer to hit the roads than automotive makers like Tesla, Inc. and Ford Motor Company initially predicted, but they're far from a lost cause. Widespread adoption could still be years away but pilot programs are already underway and driver assistance systems, like Tesla's Autopilot, are already built into vehicles using similar tech that fully autonomous cars use.
These early days of the emerging autonomous vehicle market are already generating yield for the tech stocks making the sensors, cameras, chips and other hardware that's used to make them. Nvidia Corporation has already partnered with Hyundai, Jaguar, Volvo, and other car manufacturers to deploy its NVIDIA DRIVE platforms, for example. The supercomputing platforms are used to process the data coming from cameras and sensors, geo-locate the car on a map, and use that information to plan driving routes.
The tech company has seen its stock steadily climb since January, rising more than 160% so far this year as of July 27, 2023, as we believe it looks poised to profit from the emergence of self-driving cars as well as AI. Nvidia's graphics processing units (GPUs) are already powering ChatGPT.
Cognex Corporation, meanwhile, is up in 2023 as well, gaining over 15% in May alone as the company's latest earnings release showed a strong cash position as it continues to launch new products. The company's sensors, 3D vision systems and AI-powered deep learning technology are all essential in building self-driving cars. But the company is applying its AI and robotics systems to other industries as well, including manufacturing, medicine, life sciences, and solar power.
Consider Trading The Robot Takeover with the Direxion Daily Robotics, AI & Automation Index Bull 2X Shares
We believe the emerging AI and robotics markets have only just scratched the surface of their transformative potential. The short-term ebb and flow of hype and outlandish speculations abound in these industries, may be attractive to traders who want to take a bet on the upside.
One way to translate those bullish views is by using Direxion's Daily Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Automation Index Bull 2X Shares (NYSEARCA:UBOT). This leveraged ETF seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 200% of the performance of the Indxx Global Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Thematic Index*. The index compiles companies from around the world that are believed to benefit from the growing adoption of artificial intelligence or robotics. It includes companies developing driverless cars, cutting-edge robotics, and the hardware needed to build all kinds of emerging tech. There is no guarantee that the fund will meet its stated investment objective.
The annually reconstituted index includes the following top 10 holdings as of June 30:
|INDEX TOP TEN HOLDINGS % as of 6/30/23. Holdings Subject to change and risk.
The 200% leverage seeks to magnify the daily exposure of your trades. But that leverage magnifies losses as well as gains, so be sure to plan your trades carefully and avoid holding the fund for longer periods. But with a well-researched strategy, we believe UBOT can be a great tool for trading potential short-term AI-driven rallies and the potential growth across AI and robotics worldwide.
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