after missing the big run-up in NVIDIA ,NVDA) stocks this year, investment bank Morgan Stanley turned positive on the graphics-chip maker on Friday.
Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore upgraded Nvidia stock from overweight, or equal weight, or neutral. He also raised his price target from Rs.255 to Rs.304.
Nvidia's stock closed up 0.7% at 257.25 in the stock market today. Year to date, through Thursday's close, Nvidia was up 74.8%.
Moore said in a note to clients, enthusiasm over artificial intelligence and large language models “is translating into strong spending in both the near term and long term” that will benefit Nvidia.
“We've been very data point-oriented around a positive big picture, but the story is very strong,” he said.
Nvidia stock in top 2% of stocks
Nvidia's sales and earnings have been pressured over the past three quarters by weak gaming device sales and slowing data center business. But generative AI, such as ChatGPT, is becoming a megatrend that can't be ignored, Moore said.
Moore said that artificial intelligence is “one of the most important developments in technology since the development of the mobile Internet.” He added that cloud computing services will compete for leadership in the AI sector in the next three to five years.
“We are seeing a significant shift in cloud spending for AI (and in our view towards Nvidia), even as budgets come under pressure,” he added.
According to Nvidia Stock has an IBD overall rating of 98 out of 99 ibd stock checkup, This places it in the top 2% of stocks for performance across key fundamental and technical measures over the past 12 months.
IBD's Composite Rating is a blend of key fundamental and technical metrics to help investors gauge a stock's strength. The best growth stocks have a Composite Rating of 90 or better.
In addition, Nvidia stock is on the leaderboard list of IBD.
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