3 Smart Stocks to Buy as the Wearable Technology Market Expands


  • Dive into the next gen of consumer electronics with wearable technology stocks.
  • Garmin (GRMN): Garmin is already a hot player but can still potentially rise.
  • Xiaomi (XIACY): Xiaomi could become a beneficiary of the commoditization of technology.
  • Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL): Alphabet’s vast ecosystem adds additional utility to wearable tech.
Wearable Technology Stocks - 3 Smart Stocks to Buy as the Wearable Technology Market Expands

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While the digital innovation space offers no shortage of upside opportunities, wearable technology stocks could offer a distinctly compelling prospect. We’re not just talking about innovation for its own sake but rather one that has significant everyday practicality.

Even better, the market itself has responded enthusiastically to the burgeoning field. According to Grand View Research, the global wearable tech space reached a valuation of $61.3 billion in 2022. Experts believe that the segment could expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6% from 2023 to 2030. At the end of the forecast period, the industry could be worth $186.14 billion.

Stated differently, this sector is on the upswing. Here are some wearable technology stocks that could benefit.

Garmin (GRMN)

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A multinational tech firm, Garmin (NYSE:GRMN) specializes in myriad innovations. Primarily, the company is best known for its GPS systems for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and sport activities. It’s also rose to the forefront as one of the wearable technology stocks thanks to its activity trackers and smartwatches. Still, GRMN presents a tricky narrative.

How so? Well, shares are up over 16% since the beginning of the year and have shot more than 53% higher in the past 52 weeks. Therefore, some natural concerns exist about the forward viability. And yes, with a forward earnings multiple of 28.23X, investors are paying a premium for the per-share profitability growth.

However, in a tight consumer market, Garmin could solidify itself as a top-tier player. Further, analysts believe that in fiscal 2024, sales will land at $5.73 billion, almost 10% above last year’s print of $5.23 billion. In 2025, they anticipate revenue to reach $6.25 billion, thus potentially representing 9% year-over-year growth.

Yes, it’s a consensus hold and the average price target of $148.50 isn’t much. However, the high-side target of $175 (the most recent estimate) could be more reflective of current realities.

Xiaomi (XIACY)

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A Chinese designer and manufacturer of consumer electronics, Xiaomi (OTCMKTS:XIACY) is also involved in multiple industries. These include home appliances, automobiles, and household hardware. Per its public profile, Xiaomi is the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world. So far this year, XIACY has been choppy, losing more than 5% of its equity value.

Nevertheless, Xiaomi represents one of the top players in wearable technology stocks. Essentially, as the innovation becomes more commoditized, the company can leverage its economies of scale and manufacturing prowess to rough up the competition. Not only that, in some ways, economic troubles might help XIACY. Essentially, people may be reluctant to pay top dollar for tech brands when a generic alternative will do just fine.

Notably, the company’s three-year revenue growth rate stands at 9.8%, above almost 66% of its peers. Also, it trades at a discounted 9.1X to free cash flow.

TipRanks notes that the “F” suffix of Xiaomi stock features a unanimous strong buy view with a $2.52 price target. However, it’s the “Y” version mentioned here that is available to retail investors.

Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)

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A top innovator that needs no introduction, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) is seemingly everywhere when it comes to digital advancements. Of course, the company’s Google ecosystem is ubiquitous. It’s also become synonymous in many ways with the internet. Irrespective of your opinions about wearable technology stocks, GOOGL seems like a solid investment.

However, regarding this topic, Alphabet has made significant strides in terms of its wearable devices. For example, thanks to the integration of its smartwatch and Google ecosystem, users can be updated regarding their key health metrics and other important datapoints.

Financially, it’s also delivering the goods, beating earnings estimates in at least the past four quarters. The average earnings surprise comes out to 6.7%. For this fiscal year, experts believe that Alphabet’s earnings per share will land at $6.81, above last year’s print of $5.80.

In closing, GOOGL enjoys a strong buy consensus view. Further, the average price target stands at $164.59, implying 15% growth potential. Notably, the high-side target hits $180, projecting an almost 26% upside.

On the date of publication, Josh Enomoto 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.

A former senior business analyst for Sony Electronics, Josh Enomoto has helped broker major contracts with Fortune Global 500 companies. Over the past several years, he has delivered unique, critical insights for the investment markets, as well as various other industries including legal, construction management, and healthcare. Tweet him at @EnomotoMedia.

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