Bitcoin bull Tom Lee has identified 12 stocks that are perfect if you don’t want to own it

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Bitcoin is still too risky for many investors with a lot of money at stake.

But there’s a handful of stocks that stand to benefit from bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology, according to Tom Lee, a strategist at Fundstrat and one of the most prominent advocates for the cryptocurrency.

The basket of 12 stocks he recommended in a note Friday has gained 136% this year. That’s more than the S&P 500’s 18% rally, but is dwarfed by bitcoin’s 1,588% rise.

“We believe investors should have exposure to blockchain, particularly given bitcoin has essentially zero correlation to equities, bonds and commodities – hence, as a portfolio strategy, bitcoin is a good diversification tool,” Lee said. He sees one bitcoin costing $25,000 by the end of 2022.

The stocks Lee recommends offer “three types of leverage- (i) price gains of bitcoin/tokens; (ii) transaction activity (either wallets or exchanges); and (iii) mining based on proof of work or proof of stake.”

Here they are, in ascending order of how much exposure Lee estimates they have to bitcoin:


Square

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Markets Insider

Ticker: SQ

Market cap: $14.8 billion

Year-to-date performance: 179%

Comment: Allows bitcoin to be bought and sold, accepts bitcoin.

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Goldman Sachs

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Markets Insider

Ticker: GS

Market cap: $94.4 billion

Year-to-date performance: 4.5%

Comment: Likely “first mover” investment bank in bitcoin.

Source: Fundstrat


Overstock

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Markets Insider

Ticker: OSTK

Market cap: $1.13 billion

Year-to-date performance: 158%

Comment: Accepts bitcoin and owns Medici Ventures, its blockchain subsidiary.

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Cboe Options Exchange

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Markets Insider

Ticker: CBOE

Market cap: $14.13 billion

Year-to-date performance: 70%

Comment: Offers bitcoin futures.

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CME Group

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Markets Insider

Ticker: CME

Market cap: $52 billion

Year-to-date performance: 33%

Comment: Will launch bitcoin futures.

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AMD

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Markets Insider

Ticker: AMD

Market cap: $9.7 billion

Year-to-date performance: -11%

Comment: GPU-card producer for mining tokens.

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Nvidia

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Markets Insider

Ticker: NVDA

Market cap: $117.2 billion

Year-to-date performance: 81%

Comment: GPU-card producer for mining tokens.

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DigitalX

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Google Finance

Ticker: DCC.AU

Market cap: $109.25 million

Year-to-date performance: 389%

Comment: Advisory and research services.

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US Global Investors

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Markets Insider

Ticker: GROW

Market cap: $66.3 million

Year-to-date performance: 207%

Comment: Leveraged stake in Hive Blockchain Technologies.

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Hive Blockchain Technologies

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Markets Insider

Ticker: HIVE.CN

Market cap: $775.8 million

Year-to-date performance: 238%

Comment: Crypto Miner

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MGT Capital

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Markets Insider

Ticker: MGTI

Market cap: $140 million

Year-to-date performance: 256%

Comment: Crypto Miner

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Bitcoin Investment Trust

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Investing.com

Ticker: GBTC

Market cap: $3.4 billion

Year-to-date performance: 1,378%

Comment: Exchange-traded note with ownership of bitcoin.

Source: Fundstrat


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