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Investing, Stocks  | January 20, 2022

The stock market’s positive momentum in 2021 hasn’t found its way into the new year.

Year to date, the Dow, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all in the red.

But Goldman Sachs still sees plenty of opportunities. In fact, the Wall Street firm has issued “buy” ratings on multiple companies this year, projecting meaningful upside ahead.

So here’s a look at four stocks Goldman Sachs is bullish on. These are volatile names, though, so always do your own research before making investment decisions.

Tesla (TSLA)

Tesla has been a favorite among investors. And it’s not hard to see why: shares of the electric car giant have returned a jaw-dropping 2,044% over the past five years.

While that means long-term investors are laughing all the way to the bank, it’s important to remember that big swings can happen in both directions.

Tesla shares are already down about 9% in 2022.

“We believe that Tesla, given its leadership position in EVs, and its focus on clean transportation more broadly will be best positioned to capitalize on the long-term shift to EVs,” Delaney wrote in a note to investors.

He’s also optimistic about the company’s improving profitability and production figures.

In Q4, Tesla delivered 308,600 EVs, marking a new record.

“We expect Tesla to expand margins in the intermediate term as it ramps the important Model Y product as well as new factories in Berlin, Germany and Austin, Texas, and in the long-term as it increases its mix of software revenue,” the analyst added.

Micron Technology (MU)

Semiconductor chip makers have largely done well for investors since the onset of the pandemic.

Micron Technology, for instance, is now trading about 70% higher compared to two years ago.

And Goldman Sachs sees further upside ahead in the chipmaker.

The investment bank has a buy rating on Micron and recently raised its price target from $101 to $116, suggesting upside of 19% from current levels.

Micron is one of the leaders in memory and storage solutions. In 2021, the company brought in $27.7 billion of total revenue.

And things have continued to improve in Micron’s fiscal 2022.

For Q1, ended Dec. 2, 2021, the company generated $7.7 billion of revenue, representing a 33% increase year over year. Adjusted earnings, meanwhile, jumped 177%.

Micron earns about 73% of its revenue from dynamic random-access memory products. And Goldman Sachs likes the potential of that market.

“Following recent industry checks, we are incrementally more positive on the DRAM supply/demand outlook due to favorable supply dynamics and an improving demand outlook,” commented Goldman analyst Toshiya Hari earlier this month.

Match Group (MTCH) and Bumble (BMBL)

The stay-at-home environment caused by the pandemic has fueled the growth at several online dating companies. But that doesn’t mean they’re market darlings at the moment.

Shares of Match Group — which has a portfolio of brands including Tinder, Match, and Hinge — are down 19% over the past 12 months. Bumble — the parent company of Bumble and Badoo apps — has fallen over 50% since the stock started trading last February.

But Goldman Sachs expects a rebound in these two names.

“Match Group & Bumble have underperformed the S&P 500 in '21 and we see the current valuation as an attractive entry point into a multi-year compounded growth story,” wrote analyst Alexandra Steiger last week.

Steiger upgraded both companies from neutral to buy.

Her price target on Match is set at $157, or 34% higher than where the stock sits today. For Bumble, Steiger’s price target is $54, implying upside of more than 60%.

Both companies have been delivering solid growth figures. In Q3 of 2021, Match Group’s revenue increased 25% while Bumble’s revenue rose 24%.

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