|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 21500|
|Day's Range||32.93 - 33.50|
|52 Week Range||15.72 - 34.86|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||3.37|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||134.50|
|Earnings Date||Jul 30, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||31.43|
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices' stock is on the rise despite slowing sales and earnings recently. Here is what the fundamentals and technical analysis say about buying AMD stock now.
With the rise of emerging technologies such as the cloud and the digitalization of everything, tech firms place a premium on adaptability. In that sense, you really have to like semiconductor firm Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA). Perhaps most known to the masses for its video-game specific graphics processors, NVDA stock touches multiple other sectors.Source: Shutterstock Unfortunately for stakeholders, that didn't save the company from last year's horrific implosion. Up until late September, the tech firm's equity was on pace for another remarkable performance. But the broader market collapse also took down the Nvidia stock price. Even though the hemorrhaging has stopped (at least for now), shares are back to where they were in the fall of 2017.Two major headwinds have weighed on Nvidia stock over the past 10 months. First, the U.S.-China trade war imposed a disproportionate effect on the semiconductor firm. As our own Tezcan Gecgil noted, a quarter of revenue comes from China.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThis is problematic for the obvious reason. However, what really hurts the case for NVDA and the Nvidia stock price is the apparent lack of progress. I'm not a political analyst, but it doesn't take an expert in this field to recognize the bitterness involved.The other major headwind has been the cryptocurrency sector. With blockchain-based reward tokens falling into the abyss, crypto mining became unprofitable. Therefore, miners panicked out of this market, selling their high-end processors for pennies on the dollar. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio And this had a double negative impact on NVDA. First, the company lost a significant source of revenue. Second, inventory skyrocketed.But at least one of these headwinds may finally fade in time to "save" Nvidia stock. Crypto Provides a Lifeline to NVDAAllow me to walk back some hyperbole: no one revenue segment can save NVDA. However, I firmly believe that the resurgent cryptocurrencies rally is for real. And if that's the case, the Nvidia stock price has serious upside ahead.Let's first establish why the virtual currency phenomenon is so vital to the tech firm. Management has been fairly muted about the blockchain's impact to the company overall. However, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves, Nvidia generated $2.75 billion in crypto-related sales between April 2017 and July 2018.With some rough math, that breaks down to about $2 billion over a one-year period. And last year, the company rang up $11.7 billion in revenue. Thus, cryptocurrencies would have roughly accounted for 17% of that sales haul, using Steves' allegedly more accurate numbers.Secondly, NVDA has consistently made a name for itself with the most high-end mining-specific processors. Sure, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has also turned up the heat in this area before the crypto collapse of late 2017/early 2018. However, Nvidia offers an array of processors across different price points.In my view, Nvidia processors have the reputation of being the best for crypto mining. As such, once virtual currencies take off again, miners will gravitate toward NVDA products. Ultimately, mining is an extremely competitive arena.In this case, he (or she) who has the fastest processor makes the rules.And believe me, this crypto rally is for real. I say this because the general public got a taste of this digital market's true potential. Now, steadily rising prices will encourage newcomers to jump on board.Call it the fear of missing out, or simple human psychology: either way, the blockchain bulls are coming, and that bodes well for the Nvidia stock price. What About China?If I sold you on the cryptocurrency lift for Nvidia, that's only half the battle. Naturally, skeptics will ask about China and its foreboding cloud on the company.Admittedly, I don't have the greatest answer for that question. This is an ugly conflict that touches on deep-seated rivalries. Since President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for his delicate approach, I'm not sure how this will play out.That said, I think it's important to realize that the China headwind isn't exclusive on NVDA. And while AMD has mitigated its exposure to China directly, it still suffers from residual damage. For instance, data servers have wrestled with excess inventory they purchased before the trade war.This is where Nvidia's financial stability and greater fiscal depth comes into play. Simply put, they have the resources to absorb turbulent waters and make investments in other viable channels. That's what gives me an extra measure of confidence despite some recent choppiness in NVDA stock.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post Crypto Lifeline Means You Shouldnat Give Up on Nvidia Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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After a week that saw investors bailing on it, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) started this week off on better footing, with AMD stock getting a 1% bump.Source: Shutterstock With no major headlines that would have impacted the technology sector or tech stocks, what was behind the gain? Why Did AMD Stock Get a Monday Bump?AMD stock closed off a week-long slide last Friday at $32.51. By the time trading wrapped up on Monday it was at $32.85, for a 1.05% gain. That was better than the Nasdaq Composite, which was up 0.71% on the day. Is there a reason why AMD reversed its decline?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund Investors who were spooked last week are feeling a little more confident in AMD's prospects. Positive reviews about AMD's latest Ryzen PC processors and Radeon 5700 graphics cards are undoubtedly helping as well.With AMD stock up nearly 85% on the year, there is some concern that the growth has been too high and too fast. Those flames were fanned last week when Mizuho Securities downgraded Advanced Micro Devices stock from "Buy" to "Neutral." The firm is concerned that the impressive rally so far in this year means that there isn't much room for upside in the stock. Monday's 1% gain likely signals that investors are returning to cautious optimism about AMD's prospects. I say "cautious" optimism, because AMD's primary competitors actually outperformed it on Monday. On the computer processor front, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) got a 2.15% pop yesterday, while AMD's graphics card competition Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) saw a 1.71% gain. Looking Ahead to AMD EarningsAMD is expected to report earnings after the market closes on July 30. Analysts are looking for EPS of 8 cents, which would be down from the 13 cents the company delivered last year. In Q1 2019, AMD beat analyst expectations, delivering EPS of 6 cents instead of the predicted 5 cents. Revenue was down 23% compared to the previous year, at $1.27 billion. The company also released guidance for Q2 earnings that suggested the company expects its financial performance -- which has been effected by the collapse of cryptocurrency mining sales and the trade war with China -- to improve. Revenue would still be shrinking year-over-year, but at a reduced rate. "For the second quarter of 2019, AMD expects revenue to be approximately $1.52 billion, plus or minus $50 million, an increase of approximately 19 percent sequentially and a decrease of approximately 13 percent year-over-year. The sequential increase is expected to be driven by growth across all businesses. The year-over-year decrease is expected to be primarily driven by lower graphics channel sales, negligible blockchain-related GPU revenue and lower semi-custom revenue."Despite the earnings beat, AMD stock lost nearly 3% on the day after its Q1 earnings report. There's a possibility that AMD could deliver some better than expected news at the end of July, including positive guidance based on sales of its newly launched products. That could boost AMD stock.As InvestorPlace contributor Brett Kenwell notes, despite downgrading Advanced Micro Devices, Mizuho Securities actually raised its price target to $37. There is also a good chance that the market will react to another quarter that's down compared to 2018 with a loss, as it did after the Q1 earnings report.Monday's 1% improvement in the AMD stock price is certainly a better outcome than the 5.4% slide it saw from last Monday's close to Friday's close. However, with AMD's Q2 earnings report just a week away, don't be surprised if there's a little volatility in the AMD stock price. Investors will waffle between optimism and concern that the 2019 rally has run its course. As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund * 7 Stocks to Buy This Summer Earnings Season * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks to Consider for Those Who Can Handle Risk The post Advanced Micro Devices Stock Ends Week-Long Slide appeared first on InvestorPlace.
ESPO debuted last October and tracks the MVIS Global Video Gaming and eSports Index. Since ESPO came to market, the size of the esports and video game ETF field has doubled to four, indicating issuers see opportunity in this niche. Today, ESPO has over $30 million in assets under management, an admirable tally for a thematic ETF that's less than a year old.
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is set to report earnings on Thursday. It should be a most fascinating earnings report. That's because Intel stock has been stuck in the middle of many cross-currents in recent weeks.Source: Shutterstock Last year, Intel stock hit $60, reaching its highest level in nearly two decades. It sharply fell back last winter. But it rebounded this spring and again reached $60. It appeared Intel stock was finally ready to top its all-time high of $75 from back in 2000. But it hasn't happened yet. Instead, a terrible earnings report and more trade war worries caused investors to dump their Intel shares.After Intel fell a quick 25%, however, it stabilized and is starting to move back up again. It's at a pivotal point heading into earnings. A good report could easily spike the stock above $60 in the coming months. But another weak quarter would mark a negative trend and kill all of Intel's momentum.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund Intel and the Trade WarIntel got absolutely lit up on its last earnings report, falling as much as 13% the day after. That's nearly unprecedented for the firm. It's not hard to see why. The company guided down its revenue outlook for the year from $71.5 billion to $69 billion. If that's the final figure, it will represent a year-over-year decline for the firm.Shortly thereafter, Intel updated its three-year outlook with similarly disappointing guidance. It sees revenues growing at only a low single-digit rate, as fast data center growth is offset by its no growth PC business.On the latest conference call, management spent a great deal of time talking about cutting costs and focusing on core products. That makes sense since the current business environment isn't rewarding growth projects.With it unclear how long the U.S.-China trade dispute will continue, it's difficult for semiconductor companies to make any solid plans for the future. Other big firms, like Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) have recently announced major delays in new capital spending for similar reasons.The world's consumer electronics market risks a significant slowdown if global trade flows remain diminished. And that's a major problem for Intel's prospects in many of its product lines. A Potential Huawei Silver LiningWhile the trade war is a major drag on Intel's prospects for the rest of 2019, there is a positive. Huawei in particular remains in the doghouse. The Trump administration made a truce with China over electronic components, but there's no guarantee that it will be extended. Firms are nervous to buy Huawei products for now.This gives Intel and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) a big opportunity in 5G. Huawei was supposed to be the leading global supplier of 5G equipment. But big countries like the United Kingdom are now reconsidering whether they should buy goods from Huawei at all.This is particularly good timing, as far as Intel is concerned. Europe just made a ruling on the rollout for connected cars, favoring a 5G solution over a wifi-based one. This should ensure that EU countries roll out 5G quickly and buy routing gear from Intel, which has focused on 5G automotive equipment. Intel Remains A Cheap StockTech stocks have been flying lately. And for a while, INTC stock was going with them. But since the latest correction, Intel's stock price is far below where you'd expect from looking at its peers.At this point, Intel is trading at just 11.5x trailing earnings. Despite the flattish revenue picture, analysts expect earnings to rise slightly over the coming 12 months, putting the forward P/E ratio closer to 11x. And if and when the trade war ends, analysts will raise their EPS targets for Intel going forward.Assuming no imminent resolution to the trade war drama, Intel should earn something like $4.50 going forward. A 10x P/E ratio on that gets you a $45 stock price. That limits the downside nicely. A 12x P/E ratio - hardly aggressive - gets you to the low $50s. 15x earnings, which would be a nice expansion for Intel but not expensive compared to peers, would get Intel stock up to $67. Intel Stock VerdictUltimately, Intel will finally break out of this two-decade consolidation period. That's right; Intel stock will break to new all-time highs above $75 per share over the next couple of years. The market is totally ignoring the company's great strides in automotive and other growth areas.Instead, it is simply valuing Intel as a boring commodity computer chip maker that is on a relative downswing against archrival AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) for the time being.Throw in the tariff troubles, and traders have made Intel stock one of the cheapest big tech companies out there. This situation won't last forever. Intel is a buy and could shoot up on earnings this week with the slightest hint of improving business conditions going forward.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned INTC, QCOM, and TXN stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund * 7 Stocks to Buy This Summer Earnings Season * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks to Consider for Those Who Can Handle Risk The post With a More Diverse Future, Intel Stock Is a Buy Ahead of Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Advanced Micro (AMD) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is the chip maker to watch this earnings season as the company takes on Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. amid problems in the sector that are expected to show signs of improvement.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) closed at $32.85 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.05% move from the prior day.
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Next-generation gaming hardware to arrive in 2020 2019 will likely be a slow period for the gaming market before growth picks up in 2020. Top three game console makers Sony (SNE), Microsoft (MSFT), and Nintendo plan to launch their next-generation consoles next year. In the same year discrete GPU (graphics processing unit) makers Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and NVIDIA (NVDA) will launch their next-generation 7-nm (nanometer) gaming GPUs.
Intel Corporation (INTC) is expected to report its Q2 earnings results after market close Thursday. YTD, INTC stock is up 8.4%, significantly underperforming the S&P 500's 17.1% climb.
Did you buy Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) stock at the end of 2018 and are you still holding it? Kudos for believing in CEO Lisa Su's ongoing transformation of the once-struggling semiconductor company.Source: Shutterstock As a result of Su's work to revitalize the company since taking the top job in October 2014, she has managed to bring AMD back from the brink in less than three years. Now, as it moves to take more market share, analysts generally like what it's doing despite the slowdown across the semiconductor industry. Currently, 13 analysts have an overweight or buy rating on Advanced Micro Devices stock with 16 holds and just four underweights or sell ratings despite the 76% run-up in the AMD stock price. By comparison, 25 analysts give Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) a buy or overweight rating with nine a hold and just three an underweight or sell rating. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo, 68% of analysts give Nvidia a rating of overweight or better, while only 39% do the same for AMD stock. I believe the key difference between the two companies, one that I'm sure is a big difference-maker for analysts, is the fact that Nvidia continues to generate significant free cash flow despite the slowdown in its business, while AMD doesn't despite improving its product offerings.Cash flow is king goes the saying. However, I think it is safe to say that once industry conditions improve in 2020, a majority of those 16 holds on AMD stock could turn to buys because analysts generally view Advanced Micro Devices in a favorable light. * 10 Stocks to Buy From This Superstar Fund Up 76% year-to-date, if you haven't bought Advanced Micro Devices stock, you probably think it's too late to jump on the bandwagon. Here's one reason you'd be right and one why you'd be wrong. Why It's Too Late to Buy AMD StockAMD announces earnings July 30 after the markets close. Given the huge run, it has been on in 2019, it needs to deliver a positive surprise in the second quarter. Analysts are expecting $1.52 billion on the top line and 8 cents on the bottom. As my InvestorPlace colleague, Laura Hoy, pointed out recently, much of the optimism for the company is already baked into the AMD stock price. Currently trading at almost 6X sales and 50X its forward earnings, anything less than a home run from earnings and it's unlikely that AMD stock will go much higher than $33 … where it's currently trading. However, if it misses on any of the key numbers, it's sure to move back into the $20's, which could provide patient investors with an excellent entry point.The easy pickings have already been taken. Why It's Not Too LateInvestorPlace's Brett Kenwell wondered July 19 if AMD could break out to $37. He makes the argument that if the company can meet analyst growth estimates, its current valuation isn't all that outrageous. Interestingly, Kenwell also pointed out the Mizuho analyst cut AMD's rating to "neutral" from "buy," but raised the target price by four dollars to $37. With the average analyst estimate $43, about 30% above current prices, the upside potential is still pretty good despite the significant gains through mid-July. The reality is that AMD is a much stronger company than it was four years ago, even a year ago, and that means it should be able to do a better job fending off its larger competitors such as Nvidia and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC).As its stock continues to test its $34 resistance, eventually investors are going to push through that level. A good time could be right after it delivers a positive surprise on July 30. The Bottom Line on Advanced Micro Devices StockWhen it comes to AMD versus Nvidia, I prefer to go with the latter because it's a free cash flow generator. However, Advanced Micro Devices stock has a much better year going than Nvidia when it comes to quarterly results. I expect that to continue to be the case in the second quarter and perhaps the third and fourth as well. * 7 Stocks to Buy This Summer Earnings Season But it has to deliver the goods when it reports. A negative surprise will be a definite momentum killer. Should you buy AMD stock before earnings? I'd consider a small position and then wait to see what happens July 30. If you can get it below $30, that would be ideal.At the time of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post The Analysts Like AMD Stock … Should You? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a pioneering maker of graphics processing units for gaming and professional markets. Since Oct. 2018, Nvidia stock price has been under pressure and over the past 12 months, Nvidia stock has slumped about 32%.Source: Shutterstock For years, NVDA stock has been a leader in the increasingly competitive graphics-card market. Today, I want to discuss the recent battle for market share between Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), which has been regarded as the perennial runner-up to NVDA. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio AMD is expected to report its Q2 earnings on July 24, about three weeks before the expected release of Nvidia's earnings. Therefore, in addition to paying attention to Nvidia 's fundamentals, investors may want to pay close close attention to AMD's results, which may very well impact Nvidia stock price.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Investors Regard NVDA as the Premiere Graphics Chip StockPreviously much loved by investors, especially in 2017 and most of 2018, Nvidia stock gets a lot of attention, compared with other chip stocks. In 2015, Nvidia stock price was hovering around $20. In Oct. 2018, it hit an all-time high of $292.76. On Dec. 26, 2018, it reached a 52-week low of $124.46. In late morning trading today, Nvidia stock price was about $170.NVIDIA sells two main products: graphics processing units (GPU) and Tegra processors. GPUs accelerate central processing units (CPUs), boosting the performance of video and graphics and improving computers' overall performance.Nvidia's GPUs are used in PCs and data centers. Tegra is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) suite developed by Nvidia for mobile devices. For example, Nintendo's (OTCMKTS:NTDOY) Switch uses Tegra. But Tegra only accounts for about 10% of NVDA's total revenues.The company's GPUs have earned a superior reputation compared to competing products, particularly within the gaming industryGamers have not hesitated to pay considerably more for better performance. And for years, NVDA's superior product quality and performance have translated into large revenue and market share, boosting Nvidia stock price. What to Expect From Nvidia's Q2 EarningsNVDA is expected to report its earnings on Aug. 15. When NVDA reports its results, Wall Street will pay attention to the company's five segments that drive NVDA's revenues, i.e., gaming, data center, professional visualization, automotive, and edge computing.Gaming accounts for over 40% of Nvidia's total revenue. During Q1, the unit's revenue tumbled 39% YoY. Investors are quite worried about the company's fundamental growth outlook, which is mostly based on its GPUs for gaming and artificial-intelligence servers. Nvidia's EPS and Nvidia stock price are very closely linked to the sales trends of its GPUs.NVDA's chips had been dominant in PCs. However, a higher percentage of the industry's games are being played on consoles now, and NVDA's GPUs aren't usually incorporated into consoles. Sony (NYSE:SNE) is, for example, using AMD's products in its consoles.Analysts have noted that the crypto craze, which for the most part waned in 2018, can no longer be relied upon to further boost Nvidia's GPU business. Long-term owners of Nvidia stock may well remember that the increase in Nvidia stock price in 2015 largely coincided with the popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Indeed, NVDA's fall from grace started with the collapse of the cryptocurrency craze, which has dealt a blow to the top and bottom lines of NVDA.Wall Street it also concerned that NVDA's automotive business, based on the advent of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered autonomous vehicles, may suffer in coming months. Currently, automotive is the smallest of all of NVDA segments, accounting for just over 5% of its revenue.The current U.S.-China trade war has not helped NVDA, either, as nearly a quarter of Nvidia's sales comes from China. The headwinds of the sector make many analysts wonder whether NVDA can, in the near future, regain the kind of rapid and sustained growth that investors had grown used to in recent years.In its Q1 results, reported in May 2019, NVDA beat analysts' average revenue estimate by 1 %. Furthermore, NVDA expects its full-year revenue to be flat in fiscal 2020. In recent years, Nvidia has managed to keep its revenues intact, in part by increasing its prices. But now that AMD is becoming a serious contender, can NVDA continue to rely on price hikes? Could NVDA Be Dragged Into a Price War?Nvidia is dominant in graphics processing units (GPUs). And until 2019, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) mostly played catch-up with Nvidia in GPUs.But during the current quarter, AMD is expected to start selling graphics cards utilizing its 7-nanometer (nm) chips, which are touted as highly power-efficient. As AMD launches its Navi graphics cards featuring the company's 7-nanometer chips, it's confident that its GPUs will take market share from NVDA's chips in the gaming segment.Over the past few weeks, responding to AMD's new products, Nvidia's management has taken several steps,. Specifically, NVDA launched new "Super" versions of its RTX GPR offerings, i.e., RTX 2060, 2070, and 2080. These new versions are considerably faster than their predecessors, but NVDA is selling the new chips at the same prices as the old ones, effectively cutting its prices.AMD responded by reducing its own prices, making investors wonder if either chip maker will benefit from these recent developments. Should Long-Term Investors Buy Nvidia Stock Now?Despite the semiconductor industry's headwinds and cut-throat competition from AMD, there is strong demand for Nvidia's graphics processors, for use not only in video games but also in data centers and work stations. Industry experts also regard NVDA as a top player in the AI chip space, and its graphics chips are highly sought after for use in deep-learning applications.NVDA is also exploring smart-city solutions, which exploit its proficiency in artificial intelligence and data analytics. In other words, the company is somewhat shifting its focus from processors to providing the full technical backbone for AI ecosystems. As the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning continues to rapidly grow, NVDA's AI business could expand exponentially.As new frontiers in technology, such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, and 5G, are developed, I am hopeful that Nvidia's earnings will climb tremendously, lifting Nvidia stock price. Thus, I am also upbeat on the long-term outlook of NVDA.However, in the short-term, effectively lowering its prices to compete with AMD may not necessarily translate into larger market share and a higher stock price for Nvidia.Although Nvidia stock will likely reward long-term investors, tech stocks may remain volatile over the next few weeks. A couple of negative earnings-related or macro-economic news headlines may drive many stocks, including Nvidia, down. Such a decline of Nvidia stock price could provide long-term investors with a better entry point.Investors may consider waiting on the sidelines if they do not currently have any positions in Nvidia stock. I'd consider going long the stock if its price drops back below $150. The shares will be even more attractive on a drop toward $125.Investors who already own NVDA may consider either taking some money off the table or hedging their positions. As for hedging strategies, covered calls or put spreads that expire on Aug. 16 could be appropriate, as straight put purchases are likely to be expensive due to the heightened volatility of NVDA.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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We've seen an interesting development in the U.S. chip market. While that includes a number of stocks and equipment makers, three stocks often grouped together are Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD). Is Intel stock the best among the three?Source: Shutterstock I don't think so, personally.While it may have a low valuation and the most attractive dividend yield of the bunch, it's got stagnant growth and trails in several key growth markets. With that said, it's hard to fight the tape as the price action in INTC stock looks attractive.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio Let's explore this name a little more closely. Valuing INTC StockIntel stock price has fallen 2% over the last year. That far outpaces the 31.8% fall in Nvidia, but badly lags the 101% run in AMD. Owning all three of these stocks isn't a terrible idea for an investor who wants exposure, but wants to diversify as well.That allows investors to take advantage of Intel's dividend and AMD's strong top- and bottom-line growth.When focusing solely on INTC stock, here's what we're looking at: Shares trade at just under 12 times earnings, which is quite cheap in most investors' eyes. However, analysts expect earnings to decline 7.4% this year before rebounding just 4.7% next year. On the revenue front, estimates call for a 3.5% decline this year and a 3.9% rebound in 2020.Essentially, we're looking at 2020 revenue being just a bit higher than 2018, while analysts actually expect 2020 earnings to be lower than 2018. Now you see why Intel stock price comes with such a low valuation.That's not attractive to me when it comes to the chip space. While Nvidia and AMD may command higher valuations, the outlook is better. AMD has positive growth forecasts for this year and strong growth priced in for 2020. Nvidia analysts expect a revenue and earnings slowdown this year, but a robust rebound next year.Shares of Intel do yield 2.52%, which is attractive among its immediate peers. However, if one is in search of income, they can do better than INTC stock.That said, it does have solid profit margins (about 29% over the trailing 12 months) and stout free cash flow ($12.5 billion over the last 12 months). Further, its balance sheet is solid too, with total assets of $129.4 billion more than doubling its total liabilities of $55.8 billion. Trading Intel Stock PriceFundamentally, I view Intel stock as a mixed situation. It's definitely not bad, but it's not kicking out the robust growth investors would like to see. That's why I feel so strongly about owning it as part of a basket approach with NVDA and/or AMD, but not as a standalone. Click to EnlargeThat being said, the charts are looking good.Intel stock price is flirting with a major move over the $50 mark. This level has played a key role over the past year and INTC stock is on the cusp of rallying through it.If it does push through, Intel stock faces the 50% one-year retracement at just under $51, and the 38.2% retracement near $53 after that. Should it get to the latter, it will be at its highest point since April, when the stock brutally collapsed from $57. Further, if it can get to that 38.2% mark, it will officially begin filling the gap back to the $57 mark.That doesn't mean it will get there necessarily, but it will be something to watch. That's particularly true if Intel stock can reclaim the 38.2% retracement.Now, if Intel stock price can't breakout over $50, or if it does and later fails to hold this mark as support, we have to look at the downside.The first level is the 20-day moving average, which is at $48.55 and near it is the 200-day at $48.64. The only reason I mentioned the 20-day first is because it's trending higher and will soon surpass the 200-day mark.Below both moving averages brings up the 50-day down at $46.61. If Intel finds itself below all three marks, it could put a test of $45 on the table. One thing is pretty clear though: Its earnings report on July 25th could be a major catalyst for a big move in either direction. In that case, know your levels.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long NVDA. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post Is Intel Stock a Better Buy Than Nvidia, AMD? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The bullish investing thesis on Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), the current leader in GPUs, is pretty clear. GPUs work better than CPUs for artificial intelligence applications and as a result, the chip maker -- and NVDA stock -- seem well positioned in a market with what is essentially huge growth potential. Source: Shutterstock InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsDue to its exposure to AI, NVDA stock will benefit from numerous secular growth trends in autonomous driving, big data, medical diagnostics, and more that could help lift sales and profits rise over time. The bearish thesis is also clear. Due to the importance of artificial intelligence, Nvidia will have a lot of competition in the future and the company might not keep its leading position for very long. To get a leg up and save money, big tech companies with immense resources such as Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) are each developing their own specialized AI chips. Innovative companies like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) aren't too far behind, with Musk's company having unveiled an AI chip that can help make Tesla more autonomous this year. Long term, China also wants to eventually make its own version of Nvidia. * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown To keep its leading market share and meet bullish expectations, Nvidia will need to innovate and make better products than anyone else. Due to the uncertainty of how those products will be received, Nvidia stock has been subject to sentiment shifts. As a result of the shifts, the NVDA stock price has fallen from its late 2018 highs but is still up 23% year to date. Given the rally in 2019, is the stock a good buy now? Wall Street is Bullish on NVDAIn terms of Wall Street analysts opinions, Nvidia is pretty attractive. Analyst Harsh Kumar of Piper Jaffray has a $200 target price based on encouraging results from his research into gaming trends and gamer demand. According to Kumar's survey of gamers, more than 70% of respondents said they would either maintain or increase GPU spending patterns. Analysts at Cascend Securities have a $190 price target, noting that Nvidia is holding onto its market share despite Advanced Micro Devices' (NASDAQ:AMD) strong Navi AMD GPU release. What Some on the Sidelines SeekMeanwhile on the sidelines, many chartists will say that the Nvidia stock price needs to close above the 200-day exponential moving average of around $174.64 with a meaningful catalyst to be attractive. So far Nvidia shares have consolidated below the 200-day mark since last October and the consolidation has caused the exponential average to act as resistance. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now Many traders don't play consolidations because a stock could take a very long time to consolidate. Because time is money, some traders wait until the stock has broken out with some sort of meaningful positive catalyst before buying. Even though they pay a higher price, it is in their mind safer due to momentum. In terms of catalysts, one to look for is AMD's earnings report on July 24. If conference call commentary indicates strong demand for GPUs in general, Nvidia could potentially benefit as it is currently the leader and its shares could head higher. If commentary indicates that AMD is gaining market share at the expense of Nvidia, shares could head lower. Another potential catalyst is any news of the trade war ending. If the trade war ends, the semiconductor sector could surge higher due to stronger sentiment and NVDA stock could rise with it. Lastly, Nvidia's earnings report next month could be a potential catalyst if the company beats expectations. Bottom Line on Nvidia StockNvidia stock has considerable long-term upside if management executes and the company keeps making industry leading semiconductor chips for AI applications. In the near term, I believe some money on the sidelines could move into NVDA stock if it closes above the 200-day exponential moving average with a meaningful positive catalyst event. As of this writing, Jay Yao did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * 7 of the Best Smart-Beta ETFs to Target Right Now The post Already a 2019 Gainer, Nvidia Stock Could Skyrocket if This Happens appeared first on InvestorPlace.
AMD (AMD) today announced its annual corporate citizenship update, highlighting progress toward its environmental goals and community initiatives. The report features updates on expanded supply chain programs, sustainability goals, corporate volunteerism and stories showcasing how AMD technology is enabling researchers, students, consumers and business leaders to improve people’s lives. “As AMD celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we are reflecting on our legacy of developing technologies that transform the world while working to minimize our environmental impact and strengthen the communities in which we live and operate,” said Susan Moore, corporate vice president of government affairs and corporate responsibility at AMD.
Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) stock has become a frustrating investment for longs. Over the last five years, NVDA has gone from a stock left for dead to becoming a driver for tech innovation. Certainly, in the coming years, Nvidia chips will probably power many of the latest technological advances. Click to Enlarge Source: Shutterstock The recent trading patterns of NVDA stock have left many investors confused. The stock has twice bounced back from close to the $130 per share level.However, with the stock seeing two significant pullbacks since October, Nvidia stock seems to lack a catalyst that will take it back to its highs. Until investors see more convincing price action, they should probably avoid Nvidia stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio Nvidia Has a Solid FutureRarely do investors see such a stark divergence between short term and long term. In the long run, prospects appear bright for NVDA. Nvidia should remain a leader in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), self-driving cars, and data centers, on top of its core gaming capabilities. Also, its recent move to acquire Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) will likely bolster its data center capability.To be sure, NVDA faces still competition from old rivals, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and especially AMD (NASDAQ:AMD). As our own Tom Taulli states, AMD may have even taken the performance lead on PC gaming hips.InvestorPlace contributor Dana Blankenhorn also mentions the AI-based cloud solution will also put Nvidia at odds with Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).Still, I also agree with Taulli that this challenge from AMD will likely spur Nvidia's R&D arm to speed the pace of innovation. Blankenhorn also points out that the development of the SuperPod should further demonstrate this competitive edge. As consumers and businesses widely adopt this technology, NVDA will probably rise well above the $292.76 per share record high. NVDA Is Range-BoundUnfortunately for Nvidia bulls, it will take years for any of this to help investors. Buying NVDA now for its long-term prospects could lead to years of frustration. Here's why.With the stock price close to $170 per share, it has risen substantially from its intraday low of $132.60 per share in early June. Admittedly, many would envy a 28% return over six weeks. Still, less than six weeks before hitting that low, NVDA peaked an intraday high of $192.81 per share before the drop.We do not know for sure what NVDA will do until we see how it behaves at the low-$190s per share level again. However, the price action indicates it may have become stuck in a range. At this point, I think investors should consider this a range-bound stock until proven otherwise.At the $170 per share price level, that means investors have slightly more than a 10% upside before the Nvidia price nears the top of that range. The downside of the range would mean a 20% to 25% loss. Hence it makes little sense to buy at this level.It also does not pay to buy and wait for the eventual long-term upside. NVDA has built a six-year streak of dividend increases. I also see little that would compromise future annual payout hikes. However, the 64-cent per share annual dividend yields only 0.38%. Traders can earn more than that on their money at the bank without the risk. The Bottom Line on Nvidia StockUntil proven otherwise, investors should assume that NVDA is a range-bound stock. Nvidia stock looks like a buy below $140 per share. It also becomes a likely buy if it stops falling below the $190 per share level. Hence, at around $170 per share, traders have more potential downside than upside in the short term.Once Nvidia's technologies see widespread adoption, the range should break. However, without a catalyst, investors face a negligible payout and possibly years of range-bound trading in their future. Until Nvidia gives traders a reason to buy it, I would stay away.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post Unfortunately, Nvidia Stock Won't Be Going Anywhere for Awhile appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The market started to follow through on Thursday's rebound effort, opening higher on Friday. When push came to shove as the closing bell for the week approached, however, traders panicked again. The S&P 500's loss of 0.62% left it at 2976.61 … the lowest close in nearly two weeks.Source: Shutterstock Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) did the most net damage, losing 1.5% of its value, with investors taking Mizuho's profit-taking advice to heart. Snapchat parent Snap (NYSE:SNAP) logged the most noteworthy loss on Friday though, falling 3.6% as investors hesitate heading into its earnings report this week. The 170% rally since its late-2018 low suggests confidence, but leaves the stock subject to profit-taking no matter what its quarterly report looks like.At the other end of the spectrum, Boeing (NYSE:BA) flew 4.5% higher after the company announced plans to take a $4.9 billion charge related to its 737 debacle. Although bad news on the surface, the market may have been pricing in worse.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing As the new week's trading action gets started though, none of those names are top trading prospects. Rather, it's the stock charts of Southern Co. (NYSE:SO), PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) and Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) that merit the closest looks. PepsiCo (PEP)A week and a half ago PepsiCo was put under the microscope, as it was putting pressure on what was quickly taking shape as an important support level. That floor ended up stopping the weakness before it got started. That recovery effort, however, faltered just as quickly when a familiar ceiling was revisited. Friday's tumble was the one that broke PEP stock out of that rut, for the worst. In fact, two key technical floors were shattered, opening the door to what could be a sizable selloff.The floor in question is, or was, $130.59, marked in yellow. PepsiCo was held up there a couple of times since late June. Friday's close failed to find support there. * Click to EnlargeAt the same time, the setback on Friday dragged PEP shares below the 50-day moving average line, plotted in purple. * Zooming out to the weekly timeframe puts the rally and subsequent rollover in perspective. The June stall took shape at a technical ceiling that has been in place since late 2015. * The weekly chart also indicates the stock's coming out of an overbought condition, none of which haven't resulted in some sort of pullback. Fastenal (FAST)With nothing more than a passing glance, it would be easy to chalk up the recent weakness from Fastenal to market-driven bearishness. And, perhaps that's all it is. Fastenal is inching dangerously close to a more significant breakdown though, and one more misstep could open the selling floodgates. * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * Click to EnlargeThe good news is, the make-or-break levels are crystal clear, as is the most likely floor should the budding selloff manage to take root. * The support area to watch is right around $30. That's just below the white 200-day moving average is, and where May's low was. That area has also been resistance in recent months, making it more meaningful. * That said, FAST stock is putting pressure on that floor under pretty bearish circumstances. Last month, it met rather decided technical resistance at its purple 50-day moving average line (highlighted). * The current weakness appears to be an effort to drag Fastenal all the way back to a floor currently near $26, which tags all the major lows going back to the beginning of 2016. Southern Co. (SO)Southern Co. didn't end last week on a particularly high note. The stock fell 1.5% on Friday, peeling back on above average volume. Nevertheless, the bigger trend remains a bullish one. The support line that has been steering SO shares upward since February remains intact, and Southern Co. stock remains above its pivotal moving average, plotted in pink on the daily chart.The flavor and support for the rally is changing though, for the worst. It took a bump into a familiar resistance line to get the ball rolling, but SO is now in more trouble than it may seem to be on the surface. Click to Enlarge * The problematic ceiling is plotted in white on the weekly chart, though it has been made more problematic by the fact that it was bumped when the RSI indicator also reached an overbought condition. * Friday's bearish volume was above average, but not just more than the norm. It was the most daily distribution we've seen since April, hinting there are many would-be profit takers waiting in the wings. * While the deck may be stacked against Southern Co. shares here, the pivotal line is the purple 50-day moving average line currently at $54.95.As of this writing, James Brumley held a long position in Boeing. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Defense Stocks to Buy to Fortify Your Portfolio * 10 High-Flying, Overvalued Stocks in Danger of Crashing * 8 Stocks to Buy That Are Growing Faster Than Amazon The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Monday: Southern Co., Fastenal and PepsiCo appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The semiconductor industry has been buffeted by headwinds in recent months, with most of the bad news centering on China. The ongoing political tensions, with the attached threat of tariffs and trade barriers, have hit chip makers hard, but that appears to be easing. Changes in technology are also challenging the industry, with the new 7nm chips enter the market. Finally, changes in supply lines as device makers try to balance cost, performance, and availability have taken a toll, too. Intel (INTC) in particular has taken a beating from that factor, as Apple (AAPL) has settled its legal with Qualcomm (QCOM) and regained access to its preferred modem chips and PC makers have been switching to AMD for lower cost processors.Developing secular trends are not being kind to chipmakers, either. Semiconductor chip prices are falling in 2019, and the global chip market is expected to weigh in around $445 billion this year, down some $60 billion from 2018. The problem stems from saturation; the chip content of electronic devices has reached its peak, and designers are getting more efficient. According to the chip market research firm IC Insights, the value of the semiconductor content of electronic devices is expected to drop by 15% this year, while the overall device market grows by 4%.This is the background to upcoming earnings reports from both Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia (NVDA). Both companies are important players in the US chip industry, and while both have buy-rated stocks, each presents a different set of strengths. We put them head-to-head, to find out which stock is the better buy. Nvidia Corporation (NVDA)Nvidia stands as the establishment figure here, as the sixth-largest US chipmaker (by 2018 total revenues) and the tenth-largest in the world. The company’s products hold strong positions in the gaming and data center industries, and Nvidia graphic chips are popular among cryptocurrency miners, as well.Still, the company reported a steep drop in revenues and earnings last quarter. The stock suffered, falling over 31% year-over-year, and even now has only partially recovered. So, NVDA is seen as having something to prove heading into the Q2 earnings report set for Aug 15. The company is expected to report 87 cents EPS, up 29% from last quarter.A strong quarter will justify the recent upbeat analyst reports. Writing from Piper Jaffray on July 12, Harsh Kumar says, “NVIDIA recently introduced its ray tracing GPUs, and according to the company, initial demand has been solid. Based on our survey results, we believe initial demand is also off to a good start.” He also points out that 70% of gamers surveyed by Piper Jaffray report they are maintaining or increasing spending on graphics cards. The strong demand from gamers underlies Nvidia’s confidence in releasing three new graphics cards in July. Kumar gives NVDA shares a buy rating, with a price target of $200, suggesting an 18% upside to the stock.On July 17, Merrill Lynch’s Vivek Arya saw an even more bullish 33% upside to Nividia, giving the stock a $225 price target. He wrote, “While we continue to see … headwinds, we remain bullish on NVDA long term due to its uniquely leverageable graphics platform and exposure to some of the fastest growth markets in semis – in particular the still budding $60bn total addressable market for artificial intelligence (AI) chips/systems.”Overall, NVDA keeps a moderate buy rating from the analyst consensus, based on 18 buys, 9 holds, and 1 sell given in the past three months. The stock’s $187 average price target represents an upside potential of 11% from the share price of $168. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)AMD will be reporting Q2 earnings on July 24. Where Nvidia has struggled to meet expectations this year, AMD shares are up almost 76% year-to-date. At the same time, the stock’s recent reviews are more mixed that NVDA’s.Vijay Rakesh, from Mizuho Securities, gave AMD a downgrade on July 18, saying that the stock’s six-month run up in price has left it with little room for further growth. He wrote, “With the stock past our price target and at a 10-year high, we see 2H upside more limited. We would revisit at a more attractive entry point as the roadmap is still intact.” Rakesh set a $37 price target, up 12% from the previous, suggesting 13% growth potential to the share price.So much for the bears. The bulls are more focused on AMD’s new line of chips. The company released two new desktop processors, the Ryzen 3000s, earlier this month to positive reviews, along with new third-gen Ryzen desktop CPUs. Along with all of that, were three new 7nm Navi GPUs, making July a busy month for AMD. The new chips were said to offer better combinations of productivity performance and price points versus the competition from Intel. Nomura analyst David Wong liked what he saw, and raised his price target to $37. This matches Rakesh’s target, but Wong gives the stock a buy rating. Wong sees AMD reaching 20% market share by year’s end.Five-star financial blogger Laura Hoy takes a cautiously bullish stance on AMD, writing, “The long-term growth potential of Advanced Micro Devices is undeniable… investors should keep AMD on their radar, in case a dip in the share price creates a more attractive buying opportunity.” Like Rakesh, she believes that AMD’s recent gains have left it without much room for short-term growth, but like Wong, she expects to see further gain in the mid- to long-term.Looking to the second fiscal quarter, AMD is expected to report revenues of $1.52 billion, or a drop of 13.36% from the year-ago quarter. This will represent an improvement, however, over Q1’s 22.8% year-over-year loss. EPS is expected at 5 cents, only half of last year’s 10 cent Q2 number. The drops are attributed to sales downturns, as detailed in the introduction above.Overall, AMD is another moderate buy stock, having received 13 buys and 8 holds in the last three months. AMD shares sell for $32.51, so the $34.05 price target offers just a 4.7% upside potential.
Intel's (INTC) launch of FPGA SDK and Xeon Scalable will drive top-line growth. However, decline in NAND flash pricing, lower platform revenues & expenses related to 4G modem ramp remains a headwind.
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