A massive technological shift is about to go mainstream…
One that will make futuristic-sounding ideas not only possible -- but also normal:
I’m talking, of course, about the “Internet of Everything.” And it will be huge.
A whopping 50 billion devices will be wirelessly interconnected and communicating with each other by the end of 2020, according to Cisco Systems. Up from just 10 billion today.
As if that’s not impressive enough, consider this: “The value at stake of the Internet of Everything is $14.4 trillion,” according to Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s president of development and sales.
To put that number in perspective, that’s just a few billion shy of the entire market cap of the S&P 500!
But Cisco isn’t the only one touting the historical potential of this trend:
All of which means early investors in the companies making this trend possible have the potential to make millions of dollars.
And that’s exactly why I’m writing you today.
You see, the small-cap stock I’m about to share with you “sits right in the center” of this earth-shattering technology, according to a senior Motley Fool analyst.
But before I share this company’s name with you, allow me a brief introduction.
My name is Andy Cross, and I'm the chief investment officer of The Motley Fool.
This company I’m about to tell you about is named in an annual research report we publish. In this report, my top analysts reveal the companies they believe will be the best performers in the year ahead.
The top stock from last year's report shot up 134%, compared to just 25% for the S&P 500.
Top performers from earlier years have soared even higher -- up 908%, 1,252%, even 1,303%!
So you can see why I'm excited about the company I’ve chosen to share with you this year.
How high will this stock soar?
It's impossible for me to say for sure. But I'm optimistic the rest of 2014 will be excellent… especially for this company.
So to discover its name and ticker symbol and get the full story behind why it's my favorite stock right now, simply keep reading.
It began with PCs connected to the Internet.
Then came smartphones and tablets -- which enabled us to take the Internet with us wherever we go.
Now we’re mere years away from a time when nearly every device is connected wirelessly, communicating with each other -- and automatically making decisions to make our lives easier.
CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) offers the products and services that make this technological advance possible. And, as such, it sits right at the center of this colossal opportunity.
An opportunity like no other
CalAmp sells products that collect data from devices. It collects the data and transmits it wirelessly to a cloud-based network. Then its proprietary software analyzes the data to use as needed.
Currently, the company focuses on energy, transportation, and government products.
But many other industries are beginning to adopt this machine-to-machine technology, and its applications are virtually limitless. Take the automobile industry, for example: A dealer that financed a car could use it to disable the car if the owner missed a payment. Similarly, an insurance company could monitor the car’s use to more accurately price the risk of insuring the driver.
Regardless of the industry, CalAmp hopes to use this technology to help companies optimize assets, increase productivity, and improve customer experience.
According to CalAmp, its current market opportunity is $3.4 billion -- and expected to cross the $6 billion mark in 2015.
It should have no problem winning new customers as its technology’s possible uses expand: CalAmp has the reputation and know-how to serve both its existing customers and future ones. Which is especially important if those massive growth predictions come true and the market grows fivefold by 2020.
Analysts estimate CalAmp’s sales will double from about $180 million in fiscal year 2013 to $360 million in the next three years. And as profitability and cash flow expand, CalAmp shares should continue to rise.
Motley Fool senior analyst David Meier (who clued me in on this stock) expects the company to earn investors annualized returns of more than 15% from its current share price.
Of course, no stock is without its risks
CalAmp faces two main risks: competition and commoditization.
Obviously, with as huge a market opportunity as the Internet of Everything presents, CalAmp will continue to face a growing number of competitors.
Fortunately, the opportunity is large enough that it’s unlikely only one company will cash in.
However, it also increases the possibility of commoditization -- causing prices to fall as the competition ramps up.
CalAmp can protect itself against this commoditization threat by continuing to develop customized solutions by working closely with its clients.
Last, because this technology is so young, there’s a chance CalAmp’s stock will rise simply out of speculation. But don’t let that fool you into selling. You should consider selling only if the company’s momentum starts to wane because it’s not able to generate new solutions.
No matter how you look at it, this is a trend (and stock) you don’t want to miss out on
The Internet of Everything is quickly becoming reality. And it will be built on devices and data.
And it’s CalAmp that has the knowledge and expertise to build useful solutions that help its customers use this data to make more informed business decisions and to make their assets more productive.
So there you have it, my top pick for 2014 as The Motley Fool's chief investment officer!
But if I’m going to be completely honest with you, deciding on CalAmp was not an easy decision.
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