AI frenzy pushes Nvidia value to $2 trillion

AI frenzy pushes Nvidia value to $2 trillion

Chipmaker's market capitalisation records biggest one-day jump in US market history

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

NEW YORK - The market value of Nvidia hit $2 trillion on Friday, riding on an insatiable demand for its chips that made the Silicon Valley company the pioneer of the generative artificial intelligence boom.

The milestone followed another bumper revenue forecast from the chip designer that drove up its market value by $277 billion on Thursday — the largest one-day gain in US stock market history.

The company’s rapid ascent in the past year has led analysts to draw parallels to the picks and shovels providers during the gold rush of 1800s as Nvidia’s chips are used by almost all generative AI players from the ChatGPT maker OpenAI to Google.

That has helped the company vault from $1 trillion to $2 trillion market value in just around nine months — the fastest among US companies and in less than half the time it took tech giants Apple and Microsoft to reach the same level.

According to the latest data, the world’s four largest companies by market capitalisation are Microsoft ($3.058 trillion), Apple ($2.847 trillion), Saudi Aramco ($2.06) trillion, and Nvidia ($2 trillion)

“For AI companies today — the leaders of the sector — what’s going to be binding for them is not going to be demand. It’s just going to be their capacity to answer the surging demand,” said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank.

Nvidia’s shares were trading more than 4% higher at a record high of $818 on Friday, maintaining its position as the third most valuable US company. They have surged nearly 60% this year, after more than tripling in value in 2023.

The chip designer’s 2024 share jump has been crucial for the S&P 500’s performance, contributing to more than a quarter of the stock index’s rise this year.

Its latest market-beating forecast of a whopping 233% growth in first-quarter revenue helped global markets notch record highs on Thursday.

The breakneck growth has drawn analysts and investors from far and wide to Nvidia.

Despite the share surge, Nvidia’s valuation has fallen due to rapid increases in analysts’ estimates. It has a 12-month forward price-to-earnings ratio of about 31 times, down from 49 times a year ago, according to LSEG data.

“Leading cloud computing companies plan to boost their capital expenditures to satisfy demand for AI training and inference, and it appears that virtually all this spending will fall into Nvidia’s pockets,” said Brian Colello, a strategist at Morningstar.

“We anticipate revenue will rise by a couple of billion each quarter throughout fiscal 2025 for Nvidia as more chip supply comes online.”

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