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Wall Street Bullish on Nvidia and AMD as AI Chip Prospects Soar

Published 2024-01-16, 04:56 p/m
© Reuters Wall Street Bullish on Nvidia and AMD as AI Chip Prospects Soar

Quiver Quantitative - The semiconductor sector is experiencing a notable upswing, largely driven by escalating optimism in the artificial intelligence (AI) segment, which has significantly benefited industry leaders Nvidia (NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) This surge in confidence led Wall Street analysts to upgrade their price targets for these companies, reflecting the anticipated demand for AI-powered chips. Nvidia, currently dominating the advanced AI chip market, saw its stock rise by 3% to $563.65, achieving a new record high. Meanwhile, AMD, which is expected to expand its market share in the AI chip sector, experienced a substantial 7.5% increase in its share price, reaching $157.57, the highest in over two years.

Barclays (LON:BARC) analysts, including Tom O'Malley, have noted that due to supply constraints, customers are increasingly adopting Nvidia’s complete platform to secure priority shipments of accelerators. They predict that 2024 will mark a significant turning point for AI, with companies like AMD expected to challenge Nvidia's market dominance. The optimism surrounding these developments is reflected in the performance of both companies’ shares, with Nvidia's value more than tripling last year, making it the world's most valuable chipmaker. Similarly, AMD's stock has more than doubled, indicating robust growth and investor confidence in the sector. Barclays raised its price target for AMD to $200 from $120, and KeyBanc analysts increased their target to $195 from $170. Nvidia also received a boost from KeyBanc, with a new price target of $740, up from $650. These adjustments underscore the bullish sentiment in the semiconductor industry, particularly within the PHLX semiconductor index (SOX), which rose 1.15% in the session.

Market Overview: -Investor optimism over AI chip demand propels Nvidia and AMD shares to new highs. -Wall Street analysts hike price targets, fueling the rally. -Nvidia maintains market dominance, while AMD eyes expansion and market share gains.

Key Points: -Nvidia stock hits a record high at $563.65, up 3% on the day. -AMD shares surge 7.5% to reach $157.57, their highest level in over two years. -Barclays raises AMD price target to $200, while KeyBanc raises both Nvidia and AMD targets. -Nvidia plans to begin mass production of AI chip for Chinese customers in 2024. -AMD unveils two new AI data center chips, aiming to challenge Nvidia's leadership.

Looking Ahead: -Can Nvidia hold onto its market dominance with increasing competition? -Will AMD be able to capitalize on the growing AI market and gain market share? -Continued supply chain constraints could impact both companies' production and performance.

The median price target for Nvidia, covered by 53 analysts, is currently $625, with a collective recommendation to buy. In contrast, AMD, analyzed by 47 analysts, has a median price target of $145, which is an increase from $130 a month ago, also accompanied by a buy recommendation. Nvidia is set to begin mass production of a new AI chip for Chinese customers to comply with tightened U.S. export rules, a strategic move reported by Reuters earlier this month. AMD, not far behind, announced two new AI data center chips in December, aiming to challenge Nvidia’s flagship microprocessors. These developments reflect the companies' commitment to expanding their presence and capabilities in the AI-driven semiconductor market.

This article was originally published on Quiver Quantitative

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