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NVIDIA (NVDA) Stock Soars One Day After Selloff

Nvidia’s NVDA sell off didn’t last long as the computer chipmaker’s stock skyrocketed on Monday to close up nearly 8%.

The company tanked last Friday after it reported its second quarter earnings. Despite posting a massive earnings beat and $2.23 billion in revenues, which topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate, Nvidia’s stock plummeted to $155.96 a share—its lowest closing price since early July.

But Nvidia’s big one-day downturn might have in fact fueled Monday’s strong performance. 

Analyst Say Buy The Dip

"In the short term, shares were priced to perfection and we believe Friday's pullback will prove the entry point many investors have been looking for,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Matthew Ramsay said of Nvidia in a note to clients on Monday.

Ramsay, who is rated as the third best analyst evaluating Nvidia by Bloomberg, also upped his price target to $190 a share from $180 per share. The analyst also reiterated his “Buy” rating for Nvidia.

"In addition to strong gaming sales, we believe new crypto-currency demand added up to $250M to the topline ($150M in OEM revenue and another bit of upside in GeForce cards) and while this demand will likely decline Q/Q, management believes NVIDIA is well positioned to serve the market long-term," Ramsay wrote.

"In fact, as applications of highly parallel GPU computing expand and developer tools and artificial intelligence algorithms mature, our positive thesis continues to play out with strong gaming GPU growth expected to continue in H2/F'18 with the Pascal gaming ramp and Volta introduction, and we believe new trends including deep learning, virtual/augmented reality, and autonomous driving will catalyze new market growth longer term."

The analyst suggested that the data center segment growth, which was cited as part of the reason for last week’s selloff, is “poised to rebound.”

“We believe several large datacenter customers likely delayed purchases while waiting for Volta-based platforms to fully ramp late in the quarter … [We] anticipate a strong sales ramp for Volta based datacenter cards,” he wrote.

Argus Research analyst Jim Kelleher also restated his Nvidia “Buy” rating. Kelleher raised his Nvidia price target to $175 a share. The analyst noted that last week’s dip wasn’t due to any real negatives in the computer chip company’s business.

Kelleher prompted investors "use this nonfundamental selloff as an opportunity to add to or establish positions in NVDA, which remains a leading silicon play on AI, autonomous vehicles, machine learning, and next-generation data center… Nvidia is growing with sufficient speed to continue running ahead of Street forecasts."

Bottom Line

Nvidia is currently a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) in a semiconductor industry that ranks in the top 6% of the 265 business sectors which Zacks tracks.

Shares of Nvidia skyrocketed 7.98% on Monday to close at $168.40 per share. Nvidia’s stock has catapulted from $62.63 per share a year ago as the company’s chips become more widely used in everything from computer gaming to artificial intelligence. For now, Friday’s brief sell-off seems like an anomaly compared to Monday’s resurgence.

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