217.34 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 4:53PM EST
|Bid||217.21 x 1000|
|Ask||217.36 x 1400|
|Day's Range||214.32 - 217.56|
|52 Week Range||124.46 - 221.41|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||2.06|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||55.66|
|Earnings Date||Feb 12, 2020 - Feb 17, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.64 (0.31%)|
|1y Target Est||232.80|
Telecom giant Huawei is calling the ban by the Federal Communications Commission "unconstitutional." Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro, Julie Hyman, Dan Roberts and Akiko Fujita break down the details.
It's difficult to lock down the absolute best stocks to buy for any year - but 2020 could be particularly challenging.For one, 2019's run-up has lifted stocks to sky-high prices only seen a handful of times in history. Also, the global economy is starting the year at a potential inflection point - growth has been weakening for months, but signals of a turnaround are starting to pop up. And the 2020 presidential cycle is almost certain to cause headaches for a number of politics-sensitive sectors.The year ahead could be every bit as volatile as 2019, if not moreso. Thus, the best stocks for 2020 will need to have not just decent-to-robust growth prospects, but a little durability too. That's quite the needle to thread ... but several companies do fit that bill.Here are the 20 best stocks to buy for 2020, rain or shine. A few of these possess typical defensive characteristics such as recession-resistant businesses and/or high dividend yields. A few possess qualities that could protect them from 2020-specific dangers, such as trade turbulence or the upcoming presidential elections. But all of them merit a place in most stock portfolios in the coming year. SEE ALSO: 20 Dividend Stocks to Fund 20 Years of Retirement
We found three semiconductor stocks with the help of our Zacks Stock Screener that investors might want to consider buying for 2020...
Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.-owned Google have both dropped out of the top 10 of Glassdoor's annual Employees’ Choice Awards "best places to work" awards, a sharp decline for a pair of Silicon Valley giants that have long been known for their sky-high salaries and cushy employee perks. The No. 1 company on Glassdoor's list, released Wednesday and based on ratings from employees on the career website, is Cambridge, Massachusetts software maker HubSpot. The highest-ranked Bay Area company is DocuSign, Inc., at No. 3.
DEEP DIVE As we approach the end of 2019, it’s time not only for year-end lists, but end-of-decade lists. U.S. stocks have had what can only be called an excellent decade. MarketWatch will feature a number of forward-looking articles building on the past decade’s action.
For anyone whose investments include technology, which should be everyone, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a core holding.Source: michelmond / Shutterstock.com That's because artificial intelligence, in both the cloud and at the edge, is a key to growth in the next decade. Nvidia has the chips and software that deliver it.The recent bull run has made Nvidia pricey in the short term. It opened Dec. 6 at 11 times its expected annual sales of $11.7 billion and 53 times earnings; it had a market cap of over $128 billion. It's down about 5% over the last week, and another dip may be coming.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI wouldn't buy it here, but I already have some. If you don't, you need some, and you can still buy it here, if you have a 5-year time horizon. Why Nvidia MattersNvidia matters because AI matters.Inferencing, drawing conclusions based on data and acting on those conclusions turns dumb machines smart. Cars, stores, medical devices and networks are constantly taking information in, but until now, they haven't been using it. When they use it, they deliver tangible benefits to users. This is all about software, not just hardware. In this decade, hardware has become software, and Nvidia has led that revolution. * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Until now, Nvidia chips have primarily gone inside clouds. Wins at the network edge have been limited to gaming, and gaming still matters. Gaming is a test bed for AI applications, with gamer decisions racing to increasingly high levels of abstraction, and gaming chips' processing what become the lower levels. But big wins are coming in areas beyond gaming. The company is going to get its share of those wins.Here, software matters as much as hardware. Nvidia has learned this in gaming, and is starting to apply this in markets like healthcare, where its Clara Federated Learning tools can not only help diagnose conditions in an emergency, but protect the privacy of patient data at the same time. Short-Term ThreatsAll the threats to Nvidia are short-term, niche events. No one has the broad front of AI tools and hardware that Nvidia offers.Analysts will tell you Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is a threat to the company's dominance because it has the cash to buy start-ups like Movidius, Nervana and (now) Habana Labs. None of that represents a broad attack against its dominance in AI.The same thing is true for new silicon from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). Its Inferentia chip is designed to hold down the cost of AI in the cloud, while Nvidia software has already gone on to deliver application support at the edge.Not all markets within the AI landscape move at the same rate. Right now, the automotive market is slowing, and Nvidia sales to the market are slowing with it. But this is also a short-term hiccup, as the transport industry looks to find which self-driving niches will pay.All these events play on Nvidia shares in the short term. They don't affect the long-term outlook. The Bottom LineNvidia was once a graphics chip company. Then it was a cloud chip company. * 10 Stocks That Should Be Every Young Investor's First Choice Today, Nvidia is an artificial intelligence company.AI requires chip support both in the cloud and at the edge. It also requires new platforms in which new tools can be designed and implemented.While analysts and investors have been looking at short-term gains and losses in particular subsets of the market, Nvidia has been marching ahead along a broad front of AI, supporting it in the cloud, at the edge, and within the workstations where tomorrow's applications will be created.That's what makes Nvidia a core holding today. You don't have to buy it when the market is at a high, but it needs to be in your portfolio in the 2020s.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. His latest book is Technology's Big Bang: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Moore's Law, essays on technology available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in Nvidia and Amazon. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post Nvidia Is Fairly Priced But Still Worth Buying appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has trended down in recent weeks. Despite hitting its 52-week high in early November, investors are growing skittish again about the company's prospects. While 5G could be a big catalyst going into 2020, regulatory risks remain a huge caveat.Source: Akshdeep Kaur Raked / Shutterstock.com Qualcomm is fighting off an antitrust ruling in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission believes Qualcomm's "no license, no chips" policy is anti-competitive. But Qualcomm is gearing up to fight the ruling early next year.The U.S. isn't the only place Qualcomm is facing regulatory hurdles. South Korea fined Qualcomm $873 million due to similar alleged anti-competitive practices. A South Korean court upheld the fine, but the company plans to fight the ruling. Qualcomm has a lot to lose in these battles. Its main business may be manufacturing mobile chips. But charging cell phone manufacturers royalties is its true profit center.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThis combination of opportunity (5G) and risk (regulatory threats to licensing cash cow) makes Qualcomm a stock tough to analyze. But based on the current valuation, there may be plenty of room for downside. Qualcomm Could Win (or Lose) Big in 2020All bets are off whether Qualcomm "wins big" or "loses big" in 2020. Next year could be crowned the "year of 5G." Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and other phone makers plan to launch 5G-enabled smartphones. 5G smartphones are expected account for 51% of total sales by 2023. 5G also opens the door for markets outside of mobile. The rise of internet of things devices provides ample growth opportunity. * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Will this translate into explosive growth for Qualcomm? The jury's still out. After winning its dispute with Apple, the iPhone maker agreed to resume using Qualcomm modems. But Apple's long-term plan is to build modems in-house.Then there's the China factor. Even if the U.S. "wins" the trade war, Qualcomm could still lose. Thanks to the U.S. export ban, Huawei has reduced its dependence on U.S. chip makers like Qualcomm. Huawei now largely uses modems made in-house. Qualcomm sells mobile chips to some of Huawei's competitors. But given their declining market share, Qualcomm is losing ground in this important mobile market.The tide may be turning for Qualcomm's mobile chip dominance. Add in the ongoing regulatory hurdles, and there's good reason to be cautious about the stock. Qualcomms's FTC AppealWhat are the odds Qualcomm prevails in its appeal? Predicting the outcome of litigation is tough prognostication. Especially if you fall in the "I am not a lawyer" category. But recent news may point to challenges in Qualcomm's case.In a brief filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) claims Qualcomm's actions drove it out of the smartphone chip business. Intel says this is why it sold the business to Apple at a "multi-billion dollar loss." This brief provides plenty of ammo for the FTC's case.But other federal agencies could sway the outcome. The Department of Defense and Department of Energy are both on Qualcomm's side. As a "trusted supplier" of 5G technology, both agencies are urging for the court of appeals to pause enforcement of the decision.As I've said previously, the ball's in the (Ninth Circuit) court. It's tough to say whether it will back the FTC or not. But the outcome of this decision has big ramifications for Qualcomm. If the company prevails, expect the stock price to shoot up. Without this ruling hanging over the company, investors will regain their confidence in QTL's future prospects.With 5G opportunities and regulatory risks, it makes sense why Qualcomm trades at its current valuation. Qualcomm's forward price-to-earnings ratio is 28.1. This exceeds Intel's forward P/E of 12.9. But high-flying chip makers like Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) trade at much higher multiples.NVDA trades for 48.6 times forward earnings. AMD trades at a staggering 94.4 times forward earnings. I don't expect Qualcomm to ever reach such frothy levels. But with its 5G potential, Qualcomm could benefit from multiple expansion -- if it can shake off the FTC's attempts to curtail its business. Bottom Line: Qualcomm Is Fairly ValuedAssessing the opportunities and risks for Qualcomm, it's safe to stay shares are fairly valued. Qualcomm's premium to Intel stock is fair, given the company's 5G growth opportunities. But the large discount to high-flying chip names like Nvidia and AMD is also rational. While the jury's out whether Nvidia and AMD will deliver on their growth promises, at least both companies aren't facing potentially crippling regulatory rulings.Qualcomm could soar again if the Ninth Circuit Court rules in its favor. But this is not the end all, be all for Qualcomm. With big phone makers like Apple and Huawei going in-house for modem production, Qualcomm's salad days may already be over.As of this writing, Thomas Niel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post Catalysts, Risks Could Make or Break Qualcomm in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
After suffering a devastating drop in market value late last year, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has been on the recovery track. On a year-to-date basis, Nvidia stock has gained an impressive 57%. However, shares have some ways to go before reaching 2018's highs. Not only that, NVDA has started to stumble recently, printing some red ink in the technical charts.Source: Hairem / Shutterstock.com So, what's going on? Primarily, NVDA stock is a mix of positive and negative news. On the optimistic end of the spectrum, Nvidia turned in a solid earnings report for its third quarter.The semiconductor and tech firm delivered earnings per share of $1.78 and revenue of $3.01 billion. These results handily beat out analysts' expectations for EPS of $1.57 and top-line sales of $2.91 billion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsJust as importantly, management expects Q4 revenues to hit between $2.89 billion to $3.01 billion, representing a substantial lift from Q4 2018 results. Moreover, if sales come in as forecast, it would stop the company's consecutive series of quarterly sales declines. On paper, that's a net positive for Nvidia stock.However, as our own Tom Taulli points out, NVDA stock has many challenges ahead despite recent fundamental improvements. First, Taulli mentions the competitive risks clouding shares. For instance, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) has turned up the heat with its premium processors. Plus, big dogs like Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) are encroaching in the artificial intelligence training space, where computers learn various protocols (such as AI-powered cars avoiding obstalces). * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends Second, the overhang of the U.S.-China trade war is incredibly distracting for Nvidia stock. Taulli notes that one consequence is Nvidia's pending acquisition for Mellanox Technologies (NASDAQ:MLNX), which Chinese authorities could block.Still, patient investors have an ace up their sleeve: "real" AI. Appreciating the Granularity of Nvidia StockAlthough NVDA stock admittedly faces competitive threats in AI, it's also well-positioned to dominate the space. That's because the company has substantial expertise in its chipset technologies which power AI platforms. And as these platforms become more sophisticated, Nvidia's chipset leadership should distinguish it from the competition.To understand why, we have to understand the granularity of AI, which is divided into two basic categories: training and inference. Briefly speaking, the former category describes programmers "teaching" computers to respond to pre-defined data sets. But the latter describes true AI. It involves computers taking training material and applying it to variable conditions and "stimuli."For instance, you can train an automotive AI system to recognize road markings, traffic signals, and pedestrians. But with inference, an AI-driven vehicle can turn to avoid a suicidal person lunging for the car. Essentially, inference platforms "know" what to do.Although we're some time away from human-like droids, inference-based AI platforms have practical applications in the here and now. Obviously, though, these data-intensive initiatives require capable processors. That's the long-term upside potential for NVDA.Furthermore, according to a McKinsey & Company study, the AI market offers big pathways for growth. In their words, it's the best opportunity for the semiconductor industry "in decades." And the opportunity will be decisively geared more toward inference-processing hardware over AI training hardware. Theoretically, this benefits NVDA stock while providing at least a temporary moat against many competitors.As data processing for these advanced initiatives become more resource-intensive, we may see more consolidation in the industry. If this occurs, it's a natural tailwind for Nvidia stock. After all, the underlying company is on track to spend over $2.7 billion in research and development, far more than smaller competitors like AMD. Opportunities Abound for the Big DogsAnother note about the competition: I wouldn't excessively worry about Intel's encroachment into AI. This space is more than big enough to accommodate several big dogs of tech.With AI, most folks probably think in terms of accretive or disruptive applications, such as smart grids or self-driving taxis. However, AI is also incredibly pertinent to defense and security.We learned this the hard way from vicious terrorist attacks that occurred in Europe over the past holiday weekend. One of the themes that have popped up in the aftermath is resource distribution. Simply put, law enforcement agencies are stretched far too thin, allowing would-be terrorists to slip through the cracks.One of the most profound implications of AI is preventative counterterrorism. With Nvidia's innovations in facial recognition, combined with future developments in behavioral predictability platforms, societies can eventually recognize a threat before it activates.Of course, what I'm discussing is years down the line. Still, Nvidia is hard at work developing tomorrow's technologies today. If you're willing to ride out some chop, NVDA stock has serious long-term potential.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 * 9 Tech Stocks You Wish You'd Bought During 2019 * 5 Under-the-Radar Marijuana Stocks With Over 100% Upside * Watch These 5 STARS Stocks as They Change the Future The post Real AI Expertise Is the Difference Maker for Nvidia Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Nvidia is one of the most important tech companies around, given that the most cutting-edge kinds of artificial intelligence are built using its graphics chips. Aggressive young chip makers are finally coming to market with products that can displace Nvidia's "graphics processing units," or GPUs, after much delay. Until now, these vendors were a theoretical threat to Nvidia.
Intel (INTC) is likely to acquire Israel-based Habana Labs. The talked-about acquisition is expected to aid Intel enhance AI chip development capabilities.
Macroeconomic woes and decline across all its segments hurt Marvell (MRVL) fiscal Q3 results. However, continued deal wins and strong demand from enterprise and datacentre markets are positives.
The principal tasks of artificial intelligence (AI) are training and inferencing. Training an AI model ensures that it can perform its designated inferencing task—such as recognizing faces or understanding human speech—accurately and in an automated fashion. Inferencing is big business and is set to become the biggest driver of growth in AI.