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Nvidia beats even the most optimistic earnings forecasts

Nvidia beats even the most optimistic earnings forecasts

Yesterday, May 22, after the market close, Nvidia (NVDA) crushed Wall Street projections for revenue and earnings for the company’s fiscal first quarter of 2025. Nvidia reported that revenue soared 262% year-over-year to a record $26 billion, marking an 18% quarter-over-quarter increase. Adjusted earnings per share climbed 461% to $6.12. The Wall Street consensus had called for revenue of $24.65 billion and earnings per share of $5.59. And it even beat the Wall Street “whisper number,” which in a bullish momentum situation like this runs considerably above the official consensus. Data center revenue hit a record $22.6 billion, up 427% year over year. Data center revenue represents 87% of Nvidia’s total sales. For the current fiscal second quarter of 2025 Nvidia told investors to expect sales of $28 billion, up 107% year over year.

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Quick Pick Cloud Stocks

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Quick Pick Cloud Stocks

Today’s Quick Pick is Cloud Service Infrastructure Stocks. Normally I’ll choose a specific individual stock for Quick Picks but in this case, I thought I should highlight the entire sector. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of AI technology’s effect on the economy as a whole but it’s also important to look at the individual companies and sectors that benefit from the demand this technology brings to the market. AI has created a revival of growth in the cloud service infrastructure sector, as demand for more processing on databases to run AI programming continues to increase. The sector has seen a revenue growth of about 21% year over year in the first quarter of 2024. The sector is dominated by three companies with Amazon (AMZN) holding the largest share at 31%, and Microsoft (MSFT) with 24% and Alphabet (Google) (GOOG) with 11.5%. This is a $300 billion market, and those three companies have about 66% of it. Smaller players like Alibaba (BABA) and Oracle (ORCL) have A LOT smaller shares at 4% and 3%. However, even that 3% of the market puts Oracle’s cloud revenue at $5.1 billion in the most recent quarter. Revenue in this sector is likely to continue to grow and it looks like good news for all of these companies that set the tone for the market. This is yet another way to get in on the AI boom.

Good news from Google (Alphabet) today–no repeat of yesterday’s Meta problem

Good news from Google (Alphabet) today–no repeat of yesterday’s Meta problem

After the close today, Alphabet (GOOG) reported revenue of $80.5 billion, easily beating the consensus projection of $78.7 billion. Earning per share came in at $1.89 versus expectations for $1.50 a share. And none of the worries before the news turned out to be problems. Advertising revenue rose 13% to $61.7 billion. Ad revenue for YouTube–an area of worry rose 21% to $8.09 billion. Subscriptions, platforms and devices revenue jumped 18%.

Visa beats on earnings as worldwide payments volume climbs by 8%

Visa beats on earnings as worldwide payments volume climbs by 8%

Tuesday, April 23, after the market close Visa (V) reported adjusted net income of $2.51 a share. That ws 7 cent a share more than the consensus of estimates from Wall Street analysts. Earnings rose 7% year-over-year in the quarter. Revenue climbed 10% from a year prior to $8.8 billion, also exceeding Wall Street estimates

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves Now Buy ASML

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves Now Buy ASML

Today’s Hot Button Moves NOW video is Buy ASML Holding (ASML). ASML is the only global manufacturer of the most cutting-edge chip-making equipment, a technology called Extreme Ultra Violet Lithography (EUV). The equipment allows for a smaller chip, more transistors on the chip, and more power for less silicon. ASML’s earnings report on April 16 was disappointing, with fewer than expected orders, a situation that will likely continue into the next couple of quarters. This resulted in a big drop in earnings and the stock taking a big hit. But, this is the only game in town for this equipment, and anything chip that uses the new 2-nanometer, 3-nanometer, and 5-nanometer technologies will be made on ASML equipment. So orders will not stay down for long. I would use this weakness to buy ASML Holding. It’s not cheap, but it’s not likely not get much cheaper than this, and as geopolitical chip wars settle, orders for ASML will jump rebound. ASML Holding is a member of my long-term 50 Stocks Portolio.

Apple’s smartphone market share slide continues

Apple’s smartphone market share slide continues

Apple has lost its spot as the world’s biggest mobile phone seller, IDC reported today, April 15. A steep drop in sales in China for Apple let South Korean rival Samsung retake the lead in global market share. Samsung had been the biggest seller of mobile phones for 12 years until the end of 2023, when sales of Apple’s iPhone models overtook it. Global smartphone shipments increased by 8% to 289.4m units during January-March, according to IDC. Samsung has a 20.8% market share. That beat Apple’s 17.3% share

Apple’s smartphone market share slide continues

Apple shareholders looking at an even more volatile six months–buy, sell, or hold (and when)

Apple is likely to take its shareholders on an even wilder ride in the next six months than they’ve been on since the December all-time high at $199.62. The end result, I think is likely to be a renewed rally beginning in the fall–if you can either hold on through the volatility until then or see your way clear to timing when to buy and sell.

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves NOW Buy CMG

Please Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves NOW Buy CMG

Today’s Hot Button Moves NOW video is Buy Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Chipotle announced it will  be spitting 50 to 1. With the stock , currently trading at $2800 the split will bring in a new group of investors. The stock popped about 3.5% the day following the announcement and continued to go up in the following days. It’s contrary to modern capital market theory that a stock announcing a split should go up, but it does need happen. Chipotle has a great long term story. It not only survived the COVID pandemic, but the company drove its digital loyalty membership up to 36 million people and added digital drive-thru lanes, leading to extraordinary growth. Chipotle had a 38% increase in earnings in 2023 and an 8% increase in comparable store sales. That, along with a 26% operating margin, continues to make Chipotle one o the most compelling consumer stocks to own,. I think owning this before the split, which will likely be approved in June, will get you appreciation from the pop on the split, as well as long term gains from this well-run company.  Tomorrow I’ll be adding these shares to my lot-term 50 Stocks Portfolio.

Special Report: It’s a new world for dividend income investors: 3 trends (all now posted) and 10 picks (all first now posted PFE, BEPC, NKE, EQNR, V, HON, T, VZ, RTX, ABBV)

Special Report: It’s a new world for dividend income investors: 3 trends (all now posted) and 10 picks (all first now posted PFE, BEPC, NKE, EQNR, V, HON, T, VZ, RTX, ABBV)

Let’s say you’re a dividend income investor. You need cash income in retirement. Or you want your portfolio to generate cash now so you can invest in new opportunities. Or you just want the extra safety and lower risk that owning a stock with a substantial dividend can bring. Whatever your reasons–and I can think of a lot more–this is a particularly challenging financial market for dividend income investors.But I do think there are strategies dividend income investors can successfully pursue even in this challenging market. In the rest of this Special Report I’m going to explain the three ways I think you should be thinking about dividend income investing in this market. And then I’m going to give you 10 dividend stocks that I think are especially well-suited to producing income (and price appreciation, which is always nice even if you’re an income investor) in this market environment. First pick just posted–Pfizer

Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves NOW–AI Woodstock

Watch My New YouTube Video: Hot Button Moves NOW–AI Woodstock

Today’s Hot Button Moves NOW video is AI Woodstock. Nvidia’s big AI update on March 18 has been dubbed “AI Woodstock” by Bank of America. Nvidia will update its pipeline and prospects for new projects and report on where it sees the AI market going. It will likely create volatility throughout the AI sector as investors try to get out ahead of the company’s projections. Tuesday, Bank of America raised its target price for Nvidia from $925 to $1100 and upped its estimate of the size of the AI accelerator market from under $250 billion to $250-500 billion in 3-5 years. This wide gap in both market size and time makes me a little nervous, but for now we can focus on the next few days. Nvidia will be discussing its new B1000 and N100 chips, ethernet switches, and AI at the Edge for PCs and smartphones. Keep an eye on stocks like Broadcom (AVGO), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Super Micro Computer (SMCI) for reaction to this news. The volatility in the reaction could open up a good place to get in on these AI stocks.