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Why Nvidia shares are cooling off and will it lead to a stock split?

Mar 09, 2024 09:21 AM IST

Nvidia shares declined by 5.5 per cent on Friday, erasing $128 billion in the chipmaker's market value.

Nvidia shares fell an unexpected 5.5 per cent on Friday. This was the steepest decline since May. The dip comes after shares of the poster child of the artificial intelligence surging 77 per cent so far this year. The price grew by triple-digits last year.

Nvidia saw its market value decline by around $130 billion on Friday.(Reuters)
Nvidia saw its market value decline by around $130 billion on Friday.(Reuters)

Nvidia market value was erased by around $130 billion on Friday. This marks one of the biggest single-day losses of a single stock in US market history.

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Despite the setback, Nvidia's strong performance in 2024 positions it well above its last stock split level, sparking speculation about another split.

The company's stock surge is driven by optimism about the demand for its AI computing chips and has made it the third-largest company in the S&P 500, after Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.

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Why Nvidia shares cooled?

On Friday, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq retraced from earlier record highs, influenced by a downturn in high-performing chip stocks. The mixed labour market report, revealing more new jobs than anticipated but accompanied by a rising unemployment rate, added to the market's uncertainty.

Nvidia shares faced a decline amidst broader tech pressure, with the Nasdaq 100 dropping 1.5 per cent, breaking the chip darling's six-day winning streak.

The overall sentiment on Wall Street suggested concerns about an overbought market, fuelled by a nearly 35 per cent surge in the S&P 500 since the beginning of last year. Analysts, including Bank of America Corp.'s Michael Hartnett, express caution, saying "abnormal gains" in "abnormal times," leading to stretched positioning and expectations for a potential rate cut.

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The technology sector's woes extended to Tesla Inc., witnessing a 13 per cent slump, and Broadcom Inc., which tumbled due to sluggish chip sales.

Broadcom, despite reporting better-than-expected results, saw a 7 per cent decline as its revenue forecast for the upcoming year slightly missed analysts' expectations. Additionally, Costco Wholesale faced a 7.6 per cent drop following lower-than-forecasted revenue for the latest quarter.

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How stock markets performed on Friday?

Despite initially climbing on mixed US job market data, the S&P 500 retreated by 0.7 per cent from its previous day's all-time high. The index's trajectory shifted after Nvidia experienced the unusual decline.

In summary, the S&P 500 concluded the day down 33.67 points at 5,123.69. The Dow dipped 68.66 to 38,722.69, and the Nasdaq retreated 188.26 to 16,085.11.

(Inputs from wires)

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