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Nvidia shares surge after earnings report as sales jump on AI “tipping point”

 

  • U.S. futures jump after Nvidia’s bumper earnings; NVDA shares up close to 15% in pre-market
  • European indices rally as Stoxx 600, DAX hit fresh highs – London still looks on forlornly
  • Nikkei 225 beats 1989 closing high – the escape from deflation is here 

Is This the Roaring 20s? 

NVDA whipsawed in after-hours trading as investors digested startlingly good results, before deciding that they really were as good as they looked. Nvidia shares were up 9% after the bell after initially dipping by 6% — they’re now trading +14% in pre-market hours.  

The company declared the AI “tipping point” as revenues surged by a remarkable 265% over last year, and up 22% in the prior quarter. Nvidia’s earnings report indicated $22.1bn in revenue vs. the forecast $20.55bn and $4.93 in earnings per share, against the forecasted $4.64. Data Center sales — which now make up the bulk of the business — were up 409% to $18.40 billion, with over half going to large cloud providers.  

I don’t think there is much to fault. “Fundamentally, the conditions are excellent for continued growth” in 2025 and beyond, CEO Jensen Huang said. The one blot on the copybook was China, not that anyone seems to care.  

"Data Center sales to China declined significantly in the fourth quarter due to US government licensing requirements,” the company said, with Huang noting that "this last quarter, our business significantly declined as we paused in the marketplace, we stopped shipping in the marketplace.  

We expect this quarter to be about the same. But after that, hopefully, we can go compete for our business."  

All that matters is the massive structural shift. 

“Demand is surging worldwide across companies, industries and nations,” said Huang. “The year ahead will bring major new product cycles with exceptional innovations to help propel our industry forward."  

The positive report sent shares in AI and semis higher – UK-based ARM Holdings jumped 8% after-hours, AMD, ASML and Infineon +4% and Supermicro +13%. 

At the time of writing on Thursday, Nvidia shares were up over 14.5% in premarket hours, trading around the $773.00 mark. 

In the Wider Markets 

European shares firmed nicely, led by the DAX’s 1.5% gain to a new high led by autos, with the Stoxx 600 hitting a fresh intra-day record high even as Nestle fell 4% to weigh on the food and beverage sector. The FTSE 100 index was more languid, up a modest 0.1% and still tracking below the 7,700-resistance area.  

It’s also helped drive the Nikkei 225 index to a new all-time high as Asian tech shares were buoyed by the results.  

Everyone’s gone Japanese it seems - corporate profits booming, yen weak, chipmaking equipment makers seeing huge demand, reforms by the Tokyo Stock Exchange that have led companies to increase shareholder returns...big shift nationally away from saving to investing - new capitalism drive, signs of emerging from deflationary cycle to inflationary trend…not quite the froth of 1989. Meanwhile, Chinese shares continued their recovery.  

Earlier Wall Street had edged up a bit for the session, though the Nasdaq slipped a touch as Nvidia led a broad decline for tech ahead of its earnings, which had seen huge anticipation and wild expectations for volatility in the stock — as indeed it turned out. Needless to say, the Nvidia effect has sent futures soaring with the S&P 500 index looking to open at a fresh all-time high.   

On Earnings Reports 

Lots of earnings this morning. Lloyds shares fell as it set aside £450m to cover a car finance probe by the FCA. It’s maybe less than the market feared but the outcome of the investigation is still unknown.  

There is maybe a worry about how Lloyds has come up with the £450m figure – worst case scenario is said to be in the billions. This can perhaps warrant some scepticism and sense that this number will have to rise materially.  

Full-year profits at the bank though rose to £7.8bn, thanks to higher interest rates. Net interest margin guided at 290bps which is in line with forecasts, buyback also in line at £2bn, the same as last year.  

Rolls-Royce shares surged 8% higher as it beat profit forecasts for the year. Underlying profit of £1.6bn for 2023 was ahead of the £1.4bn expected and guided, whilst it also said profits would rise 6% this year, which was ahead of forecasts.  

In Germany, Mercedes shares rose over 4% as the automaker topped Q4 sales forecasts and upped shareholder returns. Blue-chip insurance group Beazley led the FTSE 100 gainers with a ~9% rally on a guidance upgrade and plans to hand shareholders $300mn after its undiscounted combined ratio – a measure of underwriting performance improved from the “low-80s to mid-70s”. 

News on Germany and The Eurozone 

Germany comes to terms with its economic problems - slashes its growth outlook – 2024 GDP seen at +0.2% from a previous estimate of +1.3%. And this morning it’s clearly not great news – flash manufacturing PMI for Germany slipping to 42.3 from 45.5, and well below the expected 46.0.  

The flash manufacturing PMI for the Eurozone declined to 46.1 vs 46.6 previous and an expected improvement to 47.0. Services climbed to the breakeven 50.0. France’s report was a little healthier than Germany’s, but the picture is still pretty uninspiring.  

The PMIs seem to have cooled the somewhat overheating rally in the euro overnight, with the breach through the 200-day running into resistance at the 50-day.  

Forex Markets 

Overall, the strong risk trade seems to be weighing on USD, which has slumped in the last 24 hours or so on improved attitudes to riskier bets despite the 10-year holding firm at 4.3%. EURUSD and AUDUSD have both pushed up through their 200-day SMAs, whilst cable (the colloquial market term for the GBPUSD pair) has extended its breakout to move clear of the 50-day SMA.  

GBPUSD – that MACD move from below the baseline I mentioned yesterday has been confirmed – solid rally with risk bid, bulls look to chunky horizontal resistance around the 1.2750/1.280 area. 

 GBPUSD

EURUSD Daily – see the SMA envelope. 

  EURUSD Daily

EURUSD Hourly – see the hot rally overnight coming up against those weak PMIs. 

 
EURUSD Hourly

 

Elsewhere... 

FOMC meeting minutes – this down-the-running order shows how big the Nvidia/AI story is becoming – showed:  

"Most participants noted the risks of moving too quickly to ease the stance of policy" and that rate cuts wouldn't be "appropriate.... until they had gained greater confidence that inflation was moving sustainably toward 2%".  

Meanwhile, the Leading Economic Index from the Conference Board is now down by 13.4% from its recent all-time high, this decline is only ever usually seen during a recession, underlining what an odd cycle this is. 

And finally, the Chancellor is said to be considering 99% mortgages – what could possibly go wrong? 

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