Quantum computing — or the use of quantum mechanics to create a genre of next-generation quantum computers with nearly unlimited compute power — has long been a concept stuck in the theory phase.
But quantum computing is starting to grow up. Recent breakthroughs in this emerging field — such as Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) claiming to achieve quantum supremacy in late 2019 — have laid the foundation for the quantum computing space to go from theory, to reality, over the next several years. This transition will spark huge growth in the global quantum computing market.
The investment implication?
It’s time to buy quantum computing stocks.
At scale, quantum computing will disrupt nearly every industry in the world, ranging from finance, to biotechnology, to cybersecurity, and everything in between.
It will improve the way medicines are developed by simulating molecular processes. It will reduce energy loss in batteries through optimized routing and design, thereby allowing for the creation of things like hyper-efficient electric car batteries. In finance, it will speed up and optimize portfolio optimization, risk modeling and derivatives creation. In cybersecurity, it will disrupt the way we think about encryption. It will create superior weather forecasting models, unlock advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and help humans fight climate change.
I’m not kidding when I say quantum computing will change everything.
And quantum computing stocks are positioned to be big winners over the next decade.
So, with that in mind, here are seven quantum computing stocks to buy for the next 10 years:
- Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL)
- International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM)
- Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
- Quantum Computing (OTCMKTS:QUBT)
- Alibaba (NYSE:BABA)
- Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU)
- Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)
Quantum Computing Stocks: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)
Among the various quantum computing stocks to buy for the next 10 years, the best buy is probably Alphabet stock.
That is because many many consider Alphabet’s quantum computing arm — Google AI Quantum, which is built on the back of a state-of-the-art 54-qubit processor dubbed Sycamore — to be the leading quantum computing project in the world. Why? This thinking is bolstered mostly by the fact that, in late 2019, Sycamore performed a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputers 10,000 years to perform.
This achievement led Alphabet to claim that Sycamore had reached quantum supremacy. What does this mean? Well, this benchmark is loosely defined as point when a quantum computer can perform a task in a relatively short amount of time that no other supercomputer could complete in any reasonable amount of time.
Many have since debated whether or not Alphabet has indeed reached quantum supremacy.
But that’s somewhat of a moot point.
The reality is that Alphabet has built the world’s leading quantum computer. The engineering surrounding this supercomputer will only get better. So will Sycamore’s compute power. As that happens, Alphabet has the ability to — through its Google Cloud business — turn Sycamore into a market-leading quantum-computing-as-a-service business with huge revenues at scale.
To that end, GOOG stock is one of the best quantum computing stocks to buy today for the next 10 years.
International Business Machines (IBM)
The other “big dog” in the quantum computing space that closely rivals Alphabet is IBM.
IBM has been big in the quantum computing space for years. But Big Blue has attacked this space in a fundamentally different way than its peers.
That is, while other quantum computing players like Alphabet have forever chased quantum supremacy, IBM has shunned that idea in favor of building on something the company calls the “quantum advantage.”
Ostensibly, the quantum advantage really isn’t too different from quantum supremacy. The former deals with a continuum focused on making quantum computers perform certain tasks faster than traditional computers. The latter deals with a moment focused on making quantum computers permanently faster at all things than traditional computers.
But it’s a philosophical difference with huge implications. By focusing on building the quantum advantage, IBM is specializing its quantum computing efforts into making quantum computing measurably useful — and economic — in certain industry verticals, for certain tasks.
In so doing, IBM is actually creating a fairly straightforward go-to market strategy for its quantum computing services in the long run. Help this industry, do this task, really well.
And so, with such a realizable, simple and tangible approach, IBM stock is one of the most sure-fire quantum computing stocks to buy today for the next 10 years.
Quantum Computing Stocks: Microsoft (MSFT)
Another big tech player in the quantum computing space with promising long-term potential is Microsoft.
Microsoft already has a huge infrastructure cloud business, Azure. Building on that infrastructure foundation, Microsoft has launched Azure Quantum, a quantum computing business with potential to turn into a huge QCaaS business at scale.
In its current state, Azure Quantum is a secure, stable and open ecosystem which serves as a one-stop-shop for quantum computing software, hardware and applications.
The bull thesis here is that Microsoft will lean into its already huge Azure customer base in order to cross-sell Azure Quantum. Doing so will give Azure Quantum a big and long runway for widespread early adoption, which is the first step in turning Azure Quantum into a huge QCaaS business.
It also helps that Microsoft’s core Azure business is absolutely on fire right now.
Putting it all together, quantum computing is simply one facet of the much broader Microsoft enterprise cloud growth narrative. That growth narrative will remain robust for the next several years. And it will continue to support further gains in MSFT stock.
Quantum Computing (QUBT)
The most interesting, smallest and potentially most explosive quantum computing stock on this list is Quantum Computing.
The Quantum Computing bull thesis is fairly simple.
Quantum computing is going to change everything over the next several years. But the hardware is expensive. It likely won’t be ready to deliver measurable benefits at reasonable costs to average customers for several years. So, Quantum Computing is building a portfolio of affordable quantum computing software and apps that deliver quantum compute power, but can be run on traditional legacy supercomputers.
In so doing, Quantum Computing is hoping to fill the gap and turn into a widespread, low-cost provider of easily accessible quantum computing software for companies that cannot afford full-scale quantum compute hardware.
Quantum Computing is just starting to commercialize this software in 2020, through three products currently in beta mode. Those three products will likely start signing up financial, healthcare and government customers to long-term contracts in the back half of the year. Those early signups could be the beginning of tens of thousands of companies signing up for Quantum’s services over the next five to 10 years.
Connecting the dots, you really could see this company go from zero dollars in revenue today, to several hundred million dollars in revenue in the foreseeable future.
If that happens, QUBT stock — which has a market capitalization of just $12 million today — could soar.
Quantum Computing Stocks: Alibaba (BABA)
Much like the other big tech players on this space, Alibaba is in the business of creating a robust QCaaS arm to complement its already huge infrastructure-as-a-service business.
Long story short, Alibaba is the leading public cloud provider in China. Indeed, Alibaba Cloud owns about 10% of the global IaaS market. Alibaba intends to leverage this leadership position to cross-sell quantum compute services to its huge existing client base, and eventually turn into the largest QCaaS player in China, too.
Will it work?
The Great Tech Wall of China will prevent many of the other companies on this list from reaching scale, or even sustainably doing operations in, China. Alibaba does have some in-country quantum computing competition. But this isn’t a winner-take-all market. And given Alibaba’s enormous resource advantages, it is highly likely that the company eventually turns into either the No. 1 or No. 2 player in China’s quantum computing market.
That’s just another reason to buy and hold BABA stock for the long haul.
The other big Chinese tech company diving head-first into quantum computing is Baidu.
Baidu launched its own quantum computing research center in 2018. According to the company website, the goal of this research center is to integrate quantum computing into Baidu’s core businesses.
If so, that means Baidu’s goal with quantum computing diverges from the norm. Others in this space want to build out quantum compute power to sell it, as a service, to third parties. Baidu wants to build out quantum compute power to, at least initially, improve its own operations.
Doing so will pay off in a big way for Baidu.
Baidu’s core search and advertising businesses could markedly improve with quantum computing. Advancements in compute power could dramatically improve search algorithms and ad-targeting techniques.
BIDU stock does have healthy upside thanks to its early research into quantum computing.
Quantum Computing Stocks: Intel (INTC)
Last, but not least, on this list of quantum computing stocks to buy is Intel.
While Intel may be falling behind competitors — namely Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) — on the traditional CPU front, the semiconductor giant is on the cutting edge of creating potential quantum CPU candidates.
Intel’s newly announced Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip is widely considered the market’s best quantum CPU candidate out there today. The chip includes four radio frequency channels that can control 128 qubits. That is more than double Tangle Lake, Intel’s predecessor quantum CPU.
In other words, Intel is the leader when it comes to quantum compute chips.
The big idea, of course, is that when quantum computers are built at scale, they will likely be built on Intel’s quantum CPUs.
To that end, potentially explosive growth in the quantum computing hardware market over the next five to 10 years represents a huge, albeit speculative, growth catalyst for both Intel and INTC stock.
Luke Lango is a Markets Analyst for InvestorPlace. He has been professionally analyzing stocks for several years, previously working at various hedge funds and currently running his own investment fund in San Diego. A Caltech graduate, Luke has consistently been rated one of the world’s top stock pickers by various other analysts and platforms, and has developed a reputation for leveraging his technology background to identify growth stocks that deliver outstanding returns. Luke is also the founder of Fantastic, a social discovery company backed by an LA-based internet venture firm. As of this writing, he was long MSFT.