Chipmaker Nvidia Returns To Growth, Feels Chipper

Chipmaker Nvidia Returns To Growth, Feels Chipper

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After surviving a crypto mining slump in 2019, boy did this canary sing: US chipmaker Nvidia returned to growth in the last three months of the year, and on Friday reported better-than-expected earnings 😁

What does this mean?

It’s true: Nvidia’s sales were on the decline for most of 2019. But investors had cause to be optimistic after rival chipmaker Intel reported better-than-expected earnings last month, and provided a powered-up outlook for 2020. And that optimism was well-placed: Nvidia’s fourth-quarter revenue grew 41%, blowing investors’ expectations out the water.

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Nvidia saw record sales at its data center division, which sells chips to the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. After a slowdown last year, those tech giants are spending on data centers again as they try to meet increasing demand for cloud services like artificial intelligence 🤖 And they’re turning to Nvidia’s graphics chips – which are well-suited to handling AI calculations – to help them do just that.

Why should I care?

Shares in Nvidia rose as much as 8% on Friday and hit an all-time high, adding fuel to a rally that’s already seen the chipmaker’s shares more than double from their low point last year 🔥 Investors clearly dug Nvidia’s results, but that wasn’t all they liked: its first-quarter sales forecasts were better than expected, and the chipmaker also revealed it’ll resume buying back its shares after it completes a major acquisition in early 2020.

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Chip demand is largely driven by economic growth (they’re used across almost every industry, after all). And that, in turn, is driven largely by consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the US economy. More good signs for chipmakers, then: data out on Friday showed retail sales grew 0.3% in January from a month earlier – an improvement from December’s downwardly revised 0.2%.

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