Should You Invest in Nvidia Right Now? - Nasdaq

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However, Nvidia did guide for a sequential revenue decline due to a $500 million headwind caused by the latest COVID-19 lockdowns in China (which it expects to sap $400 million in gaming revenue) and sales not being made in Russia ($100 million in data center revenue).
But the most important story continues to be Nvidia's data center segment, which surpassed the gaming segment in revenue once again.
Last quarter, Nvidia's data center revenue was up a staggering 83% year over year, better than the gaming segment at 31%, with increased momentum and visibility for the rest of the year.
While gaming sales should remain solid over the long term, thanks to the growth of video games broadly and the expected rise of the metaverse, Nvidia's data center segment should continue to outperform and become its most important segment by a significant margin.
And the more easily and affordably businesses can access and use AI, the better it will be for Nvidia's data center segment.

Should You Invest in Nvidia Right Now? - Nasdaq

It has been a trying time for investors across the technology space, even those holding shares of best-in-class, profitable companies like Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA). Nvidia pioneered the use of graphics processing units (GPUs), and not just for high-end gaming and visualization. It also adapted the parallel-processing capabilities of GPUs to help accelerate artificial intelligence applications, which require huge amounts of extremely fast processing power. While macroeconomic headwinds have taken down the stock from its peak in November, there are still a lot of positive things going on at Nvidia, and it has an exciting pipeline of innovation. So after a steep decline that has it trading more than 40% below its high -- and with a bit of bounce underway in recent weeks -- is now the time to buy this all-star chip stock? Recent results came in strong, with some external headwinds During a challenging quarter for the economy, Nvidia continued to shine. Its first quarter revenue rose 46% year over year to $8.29 billion, and adjusted (non-GAAP) earnings gained 49% to $1.36 per share. Both figures beat analysts' consensus expectations. However, Nvidia did guide for a sequential revenue decline due to a $500 million headwind caused by the latest COVID-19 lockdowns in China (which it expects to sap $400 million in gaming revenue) and sales not being made in Russia ($100 million in data center revenue). While the lost revenue from Russia may never be recovered, the missing sales to customers in China should reappear as the country lifts restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing. But the most important story continues to be Nvidia's data center segment, which surpassed the gaming segment in revenue once again. This happened for the first time back in fiscal Q2 2020, but that period fell during the early chaos of the pandemic. Last quarter, Nvidia's data center revenue was up a staggering 83% year over year, better than the gaming segment at 31%, with increased momentum and visibility for the rest of the year. While gaming sales should remain solid over the long term, thanks to the growth of video games broadly and the expected rise of the metaverse, Nvidia's data center segment should continue to outperform and become its most important segment by a significant margin. This is because artificial intelligence is just now taking off in earnest due to a couple of key breakthroughs. On the recent conference call with analysts, CEO Jensen Huang pointed to the new innovation of transformers ushering in a sea change for the AI industry. Previously, in order to use and benefit from AI, a business would have to organize and label all of its data -- a hugely time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes impossible process. However, with transformers, a machine can train itself without the need for human-labeled data. This innovation is opening up AI insights to a much broader range of industries, where the technology's use is a key enabler and competitive advantage. And the more easily and affordably businesses can access and use AI, the better it will be for Nvidia's data center segment. The transformer innovation -- which has taken place over just the past couple of years -- is a big reason Nvidia's data center revenue has tripled in just two years. Product launches this year should power data center sales In addition to these industrywide breakthroughs, Nvidia has also been innovating at a fast clip. Its new H100 chip, which contains over 80 billion transistors and promises up to 30 times the performance of the A100, is set to launch later this year. Keep in mind, the A100 is the chip delivering all of the company's current outstanding data center performance, so the segment is likely in for continued growth after the H100 launches. Nvidia will also be introducing its first central processing unit (CPU), dubbed Grace, later this year. CPUs have been the domain of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, but Nvidia is coming out with an ARM-based 144-core chip that's built specifically for AI applications in data centers. Now, Nvidia will have a full stack of chips for a complete data center, including GPUs, CPUs, DPUs (networking processors), systems-on-chips (SOCs), switches, and interconnects. A vertically integrated full ecosystem for data centers could enable lots of growth with increasing margins for Nvidia. Aside from its data center chips, Nvidia will also refresh its RTX gaming chips later this year. That could rejuvenate gaming revenue after the expected step-down in the second quarter. As tech companies expand their metaverse buildouts and virtual reality tools -- as several leading tech companies have announced they are doing -- Nvidia should benefit. Has the stock become cheap enough? Most people acknowledge Nvidia is a great business, but do its ample growth prospects justify its current valuation? The stock has been cut nearly in half from its high, but it still trades at 50 times trailing earnings and about 35 times expected 2022 earnings. That's not exactly cheap. Nvidia's price-to-earnings ratio is now back to near the top of its 2018 valuation range -- but that's also near the low point it touched during its early 2020 pandemic-induced decline. However, considering that this is a rapidly changing business and that AI-related sales have only taken off for Nvidia over the past three years, these historical comparisons probably aren't very helpful. Nvidia's first-mover advantage in GPUs may prove insurmountable for competitors for the next decade, so I would anticipate it experiencing rapid data center growth for the next several years. I also think the growth of its data center and AI chips should overcome any cyclical economic headwinds of the type that have led to uneven growth periods for Nvidia in the past. At a broader level, however, CEO Jensen Huang and his team have successfully innovated, introduced new products, and shown a propensity for developing cutting-edge tech, from graphics to AI to autonomous vehicles and more. That certainly bodes well for the company's future. Even as a value investor, I'm thinking of opening a position in Nvidia after selling my shares a few years ago. While it's possible the stock could fall further if we have a bad recession, investors who would like to own it shouldn't necessarily wait for that worst-case scenario. If you are well diversified, I think Nvidia is buyable at these levels. However, I wouldn't necessarily take a huge position, given the stock's high price-to-earnings ratio and the high degree of global uncertainty around interest rates. There are other semiconductor stocks that will also benefit from the growth of AI that trade at lower valuations. That being said, if Nvidia's valuation continues to fall and the business outlook doesn't change, investors should probably look to add or increase their positions. 10 stocks we like better than Walmart When our award-winning analyst team has an investing tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.* They just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Walmart wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys. See the 10 stocks Stock Advisor returns as of 2/14/21 Billy Duberstein has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. His clients may own shares of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Advanced Micro Devices, Intel, and Nvidia. 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