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What’s the outlook for ASX lithium shares in 2022?

Here’s what experts are predicting for the lithium sector in the new year.
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2021 was a brilliant year for many ASX lithium shares, but can the new year bring the same gusto for the sector?

Here’s what experts are predicting for the ‘white gold’ metal and the companies that work to produce it in 2022.

What 2022 could bring for lithium prices

Many experts expect the price of lithium to remain high through next year.

As my Foolish colleague, James Mickleboro, recently reported, Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) analysts are bullish on the commodity’s price. And not only for the new year, but for the 3 following years as well.

It believes producers will be kept busy by demand from electric vehicle manufactures.

That sentiment is echoed by S&P Global Platts Analytics. It predicts demand for lithium will likely see production nearly triple by 2025, meaning the coming years could see a major boom in the sector.

However, for the next 12 months, it expects a demand deficient of around 5,000 megatons of lithium carbonate equivalent.

Additionally, as The Motley Fool Australia reported yesterday, mergers and acquisition activity in the lithium space might be about to ramp up. Particularly, as Chinese companies vie to get a slice of the limited lithium pie.

That means the ASX could see more acquisitions similar to Rio Tinto Limited‘s (ASX: RIO) recently announced $1.15 billion lithium mine acquisition.

So, which ASX lithium shares might be worth keeping an eye on in the new year?

ASX lithium stocks experts think could soar in 2022

Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS)

Brokers’ opinions on Pilbara Minerals are mixed, with Macquarie targeting it as a buy and Credit Suisse maintaining a bearish view.

The former has placed a $3.70 price target on the lithium producer’s share price, while the latter has slapped it with a $2.05 target.

At the time of writing, the Pilbara Minerals share price is $3.21.

Allkem Ltd (ASX: AKE)

Alkem is another broker favourite. It’s the entity resulting from the recent merger of Ococobre and Galaxy Resources.   

UBS is targeting $10.75 for the company’s shares, hitting it with a buy rating earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Macquarie has an outperform rating on the company and a price target of $13.60.

Right now, the Alkem share price is $10.45.

Sayona Mining Ltd (ASX: SYA)

Finally, Marcus Today has labelled Sayona Mining a “speculative buy”, stating it has potential.

Right now, investors can get their hands on the company’s stock for 13.5 cents apiece.

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Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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