Nvidia (NVDA) is a giant in data centers and gaming, with artificial intelligence (AI) chips a growth opportunity. Is Nvidia stock a buy right now?
Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday announced various initiatives to broaden its reach in artificial intelligence, including partnerships and new products.
“We are at the iPhone moment of AI,” Chief Executive Jensen Huang said in a keynote presentation.
On Feb. 22, Nvidia delivered a beat-and-raise report driven by its data center segment, which includes AI chips.
In the tech industry’s fierce battle for AI dominance, the advanced chips needed for “generative AI” such as the ChatGPT chatbot are key.
For those looking for top large-cap stocks to buy now, here’s a deep dive into NVDA stock.
Nvidia Stock Technical Analysis
On Tuesday, shares gained 0.6% to 260.50. Nvidia stock had gapped up 14% Feb. 23, following its beat-and-raise report the prior day.
That move saw the chip stock top a 230.59 buy point from a three-weeks-tight pattern, joining the prestigious IBD Leaderboard. It’s currently extended, meaning shares are trading beyond the 5% chase zone, which goes to 242.12.
NVDA stock crashed in 2022 but is up more than 77% year to date, as of Monday’s close.
It earns a near-perfect IBD Composite Rating of 98. In other words, Nvidia stock has outperformed 98% of all other stocks in IBD’s database in terms of combined technical and fundamental metrics.
The relative strength line for NVDA stock continues to rise, after a plunge in 2022.
The RS line indicator rallied strongly from mid-2019 to late 2021, IBD MarketSmith charts show. A rising RS line means that a stock is outperforming the S&P 500 index. It is the blue line in the chart shown.
Nvidia’s EPS Rating is 62 out of 99 and its SMR Rating is a B, on a scale of A to a worst E. The EPS rating compares a company’s earnings growth to other stocks. Its SMR Rating gauges sales growth, profit margins and return on equity.
On Feb. 22, Nvidia beat Wall Street’s earnings target for its fiscal fourth quarter and guided higher for the current period.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company earned 88 cents a share on sales of $6.05 billion. Year over year, Nvidia earnings dropped 33% while sales sank 21%.
Data center revenue rose 11% to $3.62 billion, fueled by demand for AI chips. However, gaming chip sales remained weak, falling 46% to $1.83 billion.
For the full year, Nvidia earnings fell 25% per share on basically flat revenue.
Analysts expect Nvidia earnings to rebound 34% in the new fiscal year, on a 10% sales increase.
Out of 46 analysts covering NVDA stock, 32 rate it a buy. Thirteen have a hold and two have a sell, according to FactSet.
NVDA Backstory, Rivals
The fabless chipmaker pioneered graphics processing units, or GPUs, to make video games more realistic. It’s expanding in AI chips, used in supercomputers, data centers and drug development.
Nvidia’s GPUs act as accelerators for central processing units, or CPUs, made by other companies.
In addition, Nvidia chips are used for Bitcoin mining and self-driving electric cars.
Nvidia has made a big push into metaverse applications.
Currently, the fabless group ranks No. 2 out of 197 industry groups.
For the best returns, investors should focus on companies that are leading the market and their own industry group.
Is Nvidia Stock A Buy?
On a fundamental level, Nvidia earnings and sales are expected to rebound in 2023.
The chipmaker is expanding in growth areas, such as data centers, including artificial intelligence or AI; automated electric cars, and cloud gaming. The adoption of metaverses and cryptocurrencies could further stoke demand for Nvidia chips.
However, macroeconomic uncertainties and risk of global recession linger.
NVDA stock has staged a strong recovery in 2023. After clearing a 230.59 follow-on buy point, it’s currently extended, meaning shares are not in the proper buy range.
Bottom line: Nvidia stock is not a buy. As a leading chipmaker with exposure to top end markets, Nvidia is always one to watch.
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