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Nvidia Soars Towards $1 Trillion Market Cap on Strong Earnings and AI Leadership

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Nvidia Soars Towards $1 Trillion Market Cap on Strong Earnings and AI Leadership

 

(CTN News) – The renowned chipmaker Nvidia is on the brink of reaching a remarkable milestone as it approaches a $1 trillion market capitalization. Bolstered by an impressive earnings report that surpassed expectations, the company’s shares surged to an all-time high, trading above $385.

Nvidia’s commanding position as a leading supplier of AI chips, along with its projected $11 billion sales for the current period, propelled the share price even further.

This surge places Nvidia among the elite few publicly traded companies with a trillion-dollar valuation, a feat previously attained by giants like Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Nvidia’s Earnings Triumph

Nvidia’s latest earnings report showcased remarkable success, surpassing the consensus estimates by a significant margin. The company reported first-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.09, exceeding the Refinitiv consensus estimate of 92 cents.

Additionally, the first-quarter revenue of $7.19 billion greatly outperformed the estimated $6.52 billion. These outstanding figures triggered a 30% surge in after-hours trading, propelling Nvidia’s market capitalization toward the $975 billion mark.

AI Dominance and Growth Prospects

One of the primary drivers of Nvidia’s soaring valuation is its prominent role as an AI chip supplier. The company’s expertise in high-powered graphics processing units (GPUs) has made it a trailblazer in the “discrete” GPU market, outperforming competitors like Intel and AMD.

Nvidia’s continued focus on generative AI and large language/transformer models has fueled accelerating demand, positioning the company at the forefront of the AI revolution.

Industry analysts responded promptly to Nvidia’s earnings report by raising price targets and emphasizing the increasing significance of AI in driving future growth.

Analysts’ Optimism and Revised Price Targets

Prominent financial institutions, including JPMorgan and Evercore, swiftly adjusted their price targets for Nvidia following the impressive earnings announcement. JPMorgan doubled its price target from $250 to $500 while reiterating an overweight rating.

The bank’s analyst, Harlan Sur, highlighted the escalating demand driven by generative AI and large language/transformer models.

Similarly, Evercore raised its price target from $320 to $500 and maintained an outperform rating. C.J. Muse, an analyst at Evercore, expressed sheer astonishment at Nvidia’s performance, further underscoring the optimism surrounding the company’s prospects.

Contrasting Performance in the Chip Market

While Nvidia’s meteoric rise continues unabated, other chipmakers have struggled to replicate its success. The current AI chip frenzy predominantly revolves around the demand for high-powered GPUs, in which Nvidia has excelled. In contrast, competitors like Intel and AMD have faced challenges in achieving comparable share price growth.

Grappling with inventory concerns and substantial cost cuts, Intel has seen its shares increase by only 10% year-to-date. AMD, although experiencing growth with a 67% increase in its shares during the same period, has not reached the same level as Nvidia.

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