Nvidia sparks rally in artificial intelligence stocks
Many stock investors have been talking about Nvidia’s spectacular share price rally this week.
The company’s upbeat sales guidance lifted AI-themed stocks, chipmakers, and US tech stocks.
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🚀 Nvidia spurs AI frenzy
Nvidia (NVDA) reported a very strong set of earnings and said it expects a “giant record year”.
What does this mean?
Nvidia has seen a surge in demand for its flagship H100 Artificial Intelligence (AI) chip, which is much faster in AI training compared to its predecessor.
AI models such as ChatGPT require thousands of chips working together, and the competition between companies such as Google and Microsoft for AI dominance has lifted sales of Nvidia’s chips.
Why should I care?
AI-related stocks and chipmakers soared with positive sentiment towards the sector. Marvell Technology shares also rallied after the chipmaker projected that its AI revenue would double this with the “tremendous” potential of AI.
🚗 WHAT'S MOVING
- Grab (GRAB) co-founder Tan Hooi Ling will be stepping down from her operational roles by year-end. She heads the company’s tech and corporate strategy teams currently.
- Xpeng (XPEV) reported disappointing earnings and forecast a 36-39% decline in car deliveries in the second quarter. The company’s electric vehicle (EV) sales have been impacted by weak consumer demand in China as well as price cuts by other EV makers.
- Singtel reported a net profit of S$2.23 billion in its fiscal year ending March, a 14% increase compared to the previous year. A final dividend of 5.3 cents was declared, bringing the total dividend for the fiscal year to 14.9 cents.
- Mapletree Industrial Trust announced the proposed acquisition of a 98% stake in a newly built data centre in Osaka for JPY51.2 billion (S$500 million). Separately, the company announced a private placement at an issue price of S$2.212 per new unit, raising gross proceeds of S$204.8 million.
- Manulife US REIT has entered into a letter of intent on the proposed sale of Phipps Tower in Atlanta to its sponsor. Separately, it announced that the exclusivity period with Mirae Asset Global Investments on a potential transaction has lapsed, and it is considering proposals from other prospective partners in relation to a strategic transaction.
Source: Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, Business Times, Edge Singapore
💡 THE BIG IMPORTANT STORY
The Singapore 6-month T-bill’s cut-off yield reached 3.85% in the latest auction, above the yield of 3.78% in the previous auction.
🤓 WHAT WE’RE LOOKING OUT FOR THIS WEEK
- Monday, 29 May: SGX Seminar: Thailand’s economic revival: What are the opportunities?, US markets closed
- Tuesday, 30 May: Launch of Singapore Depository Receipts on the SGX
- Wednesday, 31 May: Salesforce earnings
- Thursday, 1 June: Broadcom, Lululemon, Macy’s earnings
- Friday, 2 June: Singapore Vesak Day public holiday, US nonfarm payrolls report
Source: Bloomberg, SGX
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🍭 THAT’S INTERESTING
Cathie Wood’s flagship Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK) exited its Nvidia position in early January, before the chipmaker’s spectacular rally. The stock’s market value has risen by about US$560 billion since ARKK sold its holdings. In February, Cathie Wood said that its valuation was “very high” when the stock traded for US$234 a share. The stock closed at US$389 on 26 May, bringing Nvidia close to entering the “trillion dollar” club.
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