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The stock every investor is talking about (but is Nvidia a good buy right now?)

Karl 9th Mar 2024 No Comments

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Ai chipmaker Nvidia is now the fourth most valuable publicly traded company in the world. To say its share price has skyrocketed over the past year is a bit of an understatement. 

But given investors are piling in to buy Nvidia stock are we seeing the signs of another tech bubble? Or will the stock continue to soar given the unprecedented thirst for AI chips?

In this article we’re going to take a deep dive in the performance of Nvidia’s share price over the past year or so, and discuss how investors can capitalise on the AI boom. Click on a link to head straight to a specific section, or scroll down for all of the details…

Who are Nvidia?

Founded in 1993, Nvidia made its name designing and manufacturing graphics processing units (GPU) for the gaming industry after traditional computer processing units were becoming increasingly insufficient . Since then company has expanded into the artificial intelligence (AI) field and has enjoyed stupendous success.

Today Nvidia is the world’s leading maker of AI chips with its hardware accounting for roughly 95% of applications in the machine learning sphere. ChatGPT, for example, was trained on 10,000 of Nvidia’s chips.

Not only is demand for Nvidia chips red hot right now but thanks to a lack of competition, the firm is also making a massive profit on each chip it sells. Rumour has it that Nvidia makes a 800+% profit on each H100 GPU chip it churns out (assuming a ‘street value’ of around $25,000 to $30,00).

Despite Nvidia’s rapid rise to fame, the Californian-based firm didn’t enter the world of AI on a whim. The company had its eye on the sector way back in 2014, with Nvidia’s CEO at the time describing AI as“one of the most exciting applications in high-performance computing”. Clearly he was right, and Nvidia’s gamble has well and truly paid off.

Nowadays Nvidia looks pretty much unstoppable thanks to its complete domination of the AI chip market and this is why some analysts are comparing the firm’s extraordinary rise to the likes of Google in the late 1990s, and Apple in the 2000s.

What has happened to Nvidia’s share price?

Whatever your thoughts on the hype surrounding Nvidia right now, nobody can escape the fact the chipmaker’s value recently surpassed $2,000,000,000,000. That’s two TRILLION dollars (£1.55tn).

This is a remarkable valuation, especially when you consider Nvidia was worth less than half of that a year ago.

To put Nvidia’s soaring value into in perspective, if you had a time machine and went back to 2019, a single Nvidia share would’ve set you back just $37 USD.  Today one Nvidia share costs $919 (at the time of writing on Friday 8 March 2024), which equates to rise of 383.78% in five years.

Over the past 12months Nvidia’s share price is up almost 300%, and up 90% year-to-date.

Is Nvidia a good buy right now?

Here at Money Magpie, we can’t tell you whether now is a good time to buy Nvidia shares, or whether it would be wiser to sit tight and wait until the next dip.

That’s because when it comes to investing, it’s extremely difficult to accurately predict the direction of a stock, especially in the short-term. Just because a stock has soared in value doesn’t mean it will continue soaring. On a similar note, if a stock has just plummeted in value then it’s just as likely to continue falling as it is to rebound

So, while we can’t tell you whether the direction Nvidia stock is heading, what we can do is give you 3 reasons why you should, and 3 reasons why you shouldn’t, load up on Nvidia stock right now…

3 reasons why you should buy Nvidia stock

Here are 3 reasons why investors may be tempted to gain exposure to Nvidia:

  • AI is here to stay. The advancement of AI over the past 12 months has been extraordinary to say the least. The technology is already being utilised in the commercial sphere for things like design, inventory management and logistics planning. As the technology develops, there’s no doubt the demand for AI chips will continue.  This is one good reason why investors may wish to put capital behind Nvidia.
  • Nvidia has a huge competitive advantage. While Nvidia does has competitors, such as Chinese firm Huawei for instance, there’s no doubt that the company is streets ahead of its rivals right now. This significant competitive advantage is another reason why some investors will consider Nvidia’s stock to be a safe bet at the present moment.
  • The AI rally could just be starting. It’s not just Nvidia that has seen its value soar over the past 12 months or so. Other firms in the AI industry have seen their share prices take off over the past year. This is a very strong indication that investors believe the AI rally is just starting. Because of this, it’s likely many investors – especially those without any direct exposure to the AI sector – will be keen to invest in AI firms in the coming months which could push up values (if only because of the Fear of Missing Out).

…And 3 reasons why you shouldn’t

Now we’ve given you some reasons to invest in Nvidia, here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t:

    • Nvidia may have already surpassed peak growth. Now the market recognises the desirability of Nvidia’s chips, it’s safe to say the cat is now out of the bag. In other words, there’s every chance Nvidia has already passed peak growth. The is a good reason why investors may wish to swerve Nvidia stock right now, especially those keen to partake in value investing.
    • New industries can be volatile. While Nvidia’s share price performance over the past 5 years looks almost like a vertical line, there’s every chance that its stock could become a lot more volatile over the coming months and years. Let’s not forget that AI is a very new technology and nobody really knows how things will pan out. Sure, AI has phenomenal potential, but there is a chance that a lot of this optimism is unfounded, especially if the technology encounters a few hiccups in the near future. Because of this, investing in AI firms like Nvidia is probably at the riskier end of the scale.
    • Nvidia may be overtaken. Remember MySpace? The firm once dominated the social media sphere, before the likes of Facebook and Twitter entered the fray. Now while we aren’t suggesting Nvidia is the new MySpace, we are highlighting the fact that it is possible for firms to quickly fall second fiddle to rivals, especially in emerging sectors.

So, while Nvidia is dominating the AI chip market right now, there is no guarantee it will stay in Number 1 spot and if it doesn’t, the value of stock could easily plummet.

How to invest in AI

If you’re interested in gaining exposure to AI there are essentially two ways to go about it.

1. Buy shares in AI firms.

If you’re looking to invest in individual companies, then buying shares directly through an investment broker is the way to do it. Note: If your chosen AI stock is US-based, then there are a few things you need to know – see how to buy US shares in the UK.

2. Invest in an AI Exchange-traded fund

If you don’t particularly want to invest in a single firm, then buying an AI exchange-traded fund (ETF) can provide an effective and low-cost way to gain exposure to lots of AI stocks at once. Some examples of ETFs focusing on AI include the WisdomTree Artificial Intelligence UCITS ETF, and the L&G Artificial Intelligence UCITS ETF.

For more information on adding AI to your portfolio, take a look at our article that explains how to invest in Artificial Intelligence.

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Disclaimer: MoneyMagpie is not a licensed financial advisor and therefore information found here including opinions, commentary, suggestions or strategies are for informational, entertainment or educational purposes only. This should not be considered as financial advice. Anyone thinking of investing should conduct their own due diligence. When investing your capital is at risk.

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