April 16, 2024

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Nvidia earnings will put an entire stock market meme to the test. Again.

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Nvidia (NVDA) is at the center of a new meme stock rally.

Its earnings report on Wednesday will put that theme to the test. Again.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, the most creative voice on Wall Street today, marrying a dramatic flair with a prescient, unabashed bullishness on AI’s investment case, called Nvidia’s quarterly results from last May a “jaw dropping” event.

“The Street was all awaiting last night’s Nvidia quarter and guidance to gauge the magnitude of this AI demand story with many skeptics saying an AI bubble was forming and instead Jensen & Co. delivered guidance for the ages,” Ives wrote at the time

And Ives was only just getting started.

In August, Nvidia’s increased revenue forecast was a “drop the mic” moment for the company, in Ives’ view.

By November, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang had been crowned by Ives as the “Godfather of AI” after the company once again raised its sales forecast. Ives added the company’s November outlook was “guidance heard around the world as the AI Revolution is accelerating into 2024 for the broader tech sector.”

Three months later, and what do we have in the market? Anything and everything with an AI play catching a bid while Nvidia has become the third-largest company in the market.

On Wednesday, for instance, the chip giant disclosed modest stock investments in Arm Holdings (ARM), SoundHound AI (SOUN), and biotech company Recursion Pharmaceuticals (RXRX).

Shares of all three rallied on Thursday following the news, most notably SoundHound, which gained 60% on news Nvidia owned about 1.5% of the company’s outstanding shares as of Dec. 31.

Add to this the recent action seen in Arm stock, and the rally in cloud storage play Super Micro Computer (SMCI) — which saw its stock gain about 200% in a month and nearly 1000% over the last 12 months, before pulling back on Friday — and we can see that a bona fide AI craze has broken out in the stock market. One in which the mere suggestion that a company could be set to benefit from accelerating…

2024-02-19 05:01:00

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