Electric vehicle (EV) stocks cool - will Volkswagen rise?

EV stocks compared to Volkswagen - Nio , Tesla , Li Auto, Workhorse Group , Kandi Technologies, Arcimoto , BYD

Volkswagen recently drew attention with its plans to compete in the EV market, and investors bought into the news. Look at a 2021 daily chart , and it is striking that seven popular EV stocks are all negative for the year. These stocks made sky-high gains in 2020, so this recent "cooling off" makes sense. Volkswagen is a newcomer in the EV market, yet it is an established global brand.

Most people agree that EV companies have high growth potential, but investors should check prices before buying. This chart shows price performance over the past 12 months, and after this year's selling most EV stocks still have sky-high gains. Technically, looking at individual stocks, some are at support and others have room to drop. The next earnings reports will provide a reality check, and here are some questions to consider:

Did these companies make significant progress, revenue increase, or earnings growth, to warrant such dramatic stock price increases? Did investor sentiment and global stimulus money lead to "follow the crowd" buying? Will EV stocks head lower in 2021 if interest rates rise? How do the P/E ratios and EV /EBITDA ratios compare? Will sentiment lead Volkswagen to outperform other EV stocks this year? Will Volkswagen be a top EV stock over the next five years?

* All companies directly produce EV's
* Warren Buffet has a stake in BYD
* Scale is based on U.S. Dollar price change


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