CES 2023 Sparks Analyst Optimism: Nvidia Leads with AI Innovation, Market on Positive Trend – Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD)

CES 2023 Sparks Analyst Optimism: Nvidia Leads with AI Innovation, Market on Positive Trend - Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD)

At CES this week,  Truist  analyst William Stein hosted investor meetings with  Nvidia Corp  NVDA,  Intel Corp  INTC,  ON Semiconductor Corp  ON, and  Analog Devices, Inc  ADI.  While each company has unique growth opportunities and challenges, the tone of meetings was a bit more optimistic than Stein or investors might have guessed, especially considering recent negative updates from  Microchip Technology Inc  MCHP and  Mobileye Global Inc  MBLY.  The analyst noted this reflects the out-of-phase conditions of the semi-market today, with revenue performance by the company, end market, and product type all running in different directions. He retained his constructive view on semiconductors, and his favorite names remain Buy-rated NVDA,  NXP Semiconductors N.V.  NXPI,  Belden Inc  BDC, and  TTM Technologies, Inc  TTMI.  Also Read: Nvidia Leads AI Chip Rivalry with New GPUs, While AMD and Intel Bet Big on AI PCs The overarching theme of this year’s CES event was AI. Consumer and edge AI applications were particularly prevalent, ranging from smart home tech, appliances, AI companions (e.g., nurse assistants), and AI PCs. Stein noted that the rapid expansion of AI at the edge aligns with recent comments from Hold-rated INTC and  Advanced Micro Devices   Inc  AMD that promoted AI moving out of the cloud and into consumer objects and PCs. The analyst envisioned a massive opportunity for semiconductors to supply into these markets, evolving competition from traditional MCU vendors to CPU vendors, AI-focused startups, and OEM-designed ASICs. Sustainability was once again a prominent theme at CES. It was clear that companies are trying to use new clean-energy tech to help offset the rising cost of living while positively impacting the environment. Like many recent shows, next-generation gaming technology was a staple on the show floor. Intel displayed its new 14th-gen mobile processors already included in laptops from major OEMs. NVDA announced new Super versions of its GeForce GPUs. NVDA also announced the open beta of RTX Remix, allowing users to enhance classic game experiences with generative AI texture tools and complete ray tracing. Last week, the SOX and NASDAQ were up 3% while the S&P was up 2%,  Piper Sandler  analyst Harsh V. Kumar noted. Starting with NVDA, the company will likely launch a new China-specific chip by 2Q24, per Reuters.  The chip was slightly delayed due to issues with server manufacturers integrating the chip. Additionally, it was found that Chinese military bodies and AI research institutes could purchase small batches of banned NVDA GPUs last year despite export controls. On the positive side, India’s Yotta plans to deploy $1 billion worth of H100s and H200s by 2025, which amounts to ~32,000 total units. In terms of earnings, MCHP announced preliminary results for the December quarter, which indicated revenues declined 22% versus previous guidance of down 15%-20% Q/Q. The weakness reflected excess inventory with industrial and automotive customers. Kumar expected most analog companies to have issues with the industrial and automotive end markets this year. Earnings Options Dividends IPOs date ticker name Price Target Upside/Downside Recommendation Firm © 2024 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.