🔒 Nvidia rockets into 2024 with 9% surge, poised for continued dominance in AI chip market

In just 10 days into the new year, Nvidia Corp has surged nearly 9%, reclaiming its position at the top. Despite more than tripling in 2023, the demand for its AI computing chips keeps propelling its stock to record highs. With a market value exceeding $1.3 trillion, Nvidia aims to continue its growth in 2025. Despite challenges, such as chip export restrictions, the company remains resilient, introducing new products and projecting a robust fiscal year with profits expected to reach nearly $28 billion. Investors anticipate another solid year for Nvidia, with a 2.3% intraday rise on Wednesday affirming their confidence.

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Nvidia’s Stock Breakout Puts Amazon Within Sight

By Carmen Reinicke

Just 10 days into the new year and a familiar stock is back near the top of the leaderboard: Nvidia Corp.

After struggling for months to break out above $500 a share, last year’s best performer in the S&P 500 has pushed decisively into record territory with a nearly 9% advance. With its market value now at more than $1.3 trillion, it’s less than $250 billion shy of Amazon.com Inc., the fourth-most valuable company in the benchmark.

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The fact that investors are still bidding up Nvidia’s stock after it more than tripled in 2023 is testament to how high demand expectations continue to be for its chips used in artificial intelligence computing. Nvidia’s revenue jumped 206% in the third quarter and is projected to rise 232% in the fourth quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“This is a very large, fast growing market and they’re dominating,” said Michael Sansoterra, chief investment officer at Silvant Capital Management. “You could look forward to 2024 as another solid year of returns for Nvidia.” 

Nvidia shares rose as much as 2.3% in intraday trading Wednesday, with a three-day advance of 11%. 

On Tuesday, in an interview with JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur, Nvidia Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress reaffirmed Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang’s assertion that the company believes it can continue to grow in calendar 2025 as demand for AI-related products remains strong. 

Nvidia was dealt a blow last year when the Biden administration tightened restrictions on chip exports to China, threatening its access to a market that accounted for 21% of the chipmaker’s sales in the last fiscal year. Nvidia responded by creating less-capable versions of its graphics chips for PCs and has promised that similar ones for data center use will arrive this year.

Earlier this week, Nvidia announced three new desktop graphics chips with extra components that will allow for better use of AI on personal computers without having to rely on remote services accessed over the internet. The Santa Clara, California-based company is expected to report earnings late next month.

Nvidia’s booming profits, projected to weigh in at nearly $28 billion in the current fiscal year, have helped temper its valuation despite its soaring stock price. Even though the valuation has fallen to about 27 times projected profits from 55 times in May, the stock is far from cheap. The Nasdaq 100 index is priced at about 24 times forward earnings.

When measuring Nvidia’s current price against its past performance, the stock looks far more expensive. On a trailing basis, Nvidia is priced at about 68 times profit, while the Nasdaq 100 trades at about 33 times. 

“I still like the stock,” said Shana Sissel, chief executive officer of Banrion Capital Management, citing its valuation relative to revenue growth. “I do think it can keep the momentum up.”

Even Nvidia’s biggest fans don’t expect the stock to repeat its 2023 performance. The average price target on Wall Street sits at about $650, implying a gain of about 20% from current levels, one of the widest margins among the biggest US technology companies.

“If our standard for a stock to perform is 200% every year, then we really need to recheck our expectations,” said Sissel, adding that she still sees Nvidia outperforming the broader market this year. “That, to me, is still a stock worth holding.” 

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