Chip shortage disrupts auto production, but trader has one hedge play

Typical Motors announced a halt in production at many North American vegetation and Ford announced additional downtime at two crops, the most current disruptions to the auto provide chain mainly because of a chip shortage.

Shares for GM were down 1% on Thursday, the day of its announcement. Ford closed down just about 2%.

Both equally shares have risen far more than 40% for the yr, despite the continuing production troubles.

JC O’Hara, chief market place technician of MKM Companions, determined one way to get exposure to the car stocks with out the headwind danger.

“Applied motor vehicle revenue are via the roof so one particular engage in that I’m very intrigued in below is CarMax. They are a big applied auto income business, and the positivity from applied car or truck gross sales is being reflected in the chart,” O’Hara informed CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Thursday.

CarMax has rallied much more than 100% in excess of the previous 12 months. Shares are up 36% just this yr.

Gina Sanchez, main industry strategist at Lido Advisors and CEO of Chantico World-wide, warned that the chip scarcity is “something that’s most likely not likely away.”

With Ford and GM moving into electrical cars, Sanchez observed, “the outlook for Ford is noticeably superior than GM, centered on the concept that they are actually going into the electric automobile place, but what is exciting about that is that electric cars and trucks are heading to demand additional chips, not less.”

“Suppliers just did not stockpile more than enough chips for the reason that car need plummeted all through Covid, and so now they’re just caught on the wrong foot, and it really is not so quick to just get up more chips,” she mentioned in the similar job interview. “This is heading to choose in all probability numerous months to get the job done via, and it really is likely to dampen the recovery for the auto sector.”

Still, for very long-term investors, O’Hara stated GM and Ford could existing a additional steady option above a lot more risky electric motor vehicle makers such as Tesla.

“We¬†have a opportunity to transfer into decreased volatility names. GM and Ford, who are now appeared at as EV performs. I believe you will get a pullback and I think that pullback is buyable,” explained O’Hara.