Analyst Raises Tesla, GM, Ford Price Targets, Names Top 2022 Auto Stock Picks

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The auto industry has been one of the most lucrative and controversial sectors in the stock market in recent years. On Thursday, one analyst adjusted price targets for several automaker stocks and named his top five auto stock picks for 2022.

The Analyst: Bank of America analyst John Murphy made the following automaker price target adjustments:

  • Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Reiterated Buy rating, raised target from $26 to $30.
  • General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Reiterated Buy rating, raised target from $85 to $100.
  • Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA): Reiterated Neutral rating, raised target from $1,200 to $1,300.
  • Fisker Inc (NYSE:FSR): Reiterated Neutral rating, raised target from $24 to $25.
  • Lordstown Motors Corp (NASDAQ:RIDE): Reiterated Underperform rating, cut target from $5 to $4.
  • Canoo Inc (NYSE:GOEV): Reiterated Underperform rating, raised target from $5 to $6.

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The Auto Thesis: In the auto outlook note, Murphy said he remains bullish on the auto industry as a whole after a big year of outperformance in 2021.

“With the global automotive cycle still in the early stages of recovery from the COVID shock, stock cycle timing for our coverage universe over a multi-year time horizon still remains relatively favorable,” Murphy said.

Limited visibility for the industry over the next six months means investors should be prepared for more volatility in the space, he said.

Murphy said his five top auto stocks for 2022 are Rivian Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:RIVN), Lucid Group Inc (NASDAQ:LCID), BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA), CarMax, Inc (NYSE:KMX) and KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE:KAR).

Benzinga’s Take: The battle between legacy automaker value stocks like Ford and GM and high-priced, high-growth EV startup stocks like Tesla and Rivian will continue on Wall Street in 2022. One factor that may change the game in 2022 is rising interest rates, which raise the cost of capital for EV startups looking to grow and expand their businesses using debt.

GM CEO Mary Barra. Benzinga file photo by Dustin Blitchok.