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Nvidia’s market value surges

FILE – A sign for a Nvidia building is shown in Santa Clara, Calif., May 31, 2023. PHOTO: AP

AP – Nvidia’s stock price jumped 16 per cent on Thursday, increasing the company’s market value by a staggering USD273 billion in just one day, a record amount.

The chipmaker has been seeing soaring demand for its semiconductors, which are used to power artificial intelligence, or AI applications. The company’s revenue more than tripled in the latest quarter compared with the same period a year earlier.

It’s the latest sign that the excitement surrounding artificial intelligence likely won’t subside anytime soon. Nvidia, which has positioned itself as one of the most prominent players in AI, has been producing some eye-popping numbers. Here’s a look:

USD273 billion

The amount of Nvidia Corp’s market value increased on Thursday alone, according to FactSet. The previous record one-day jump was Meta Platform’s gain of USD205 billion on February 2 of this year. In other words, Nvidia’s one-day gain is more than the total market values of market stalwarts Bank of America (USD265 billion) and Coca-Cola (USD263 billion). In all, just 26 of the 500 companies in the S&P 500 have market caps above USD273 billion, including Nvidia.

USD1.915 Trillion

Nvidia’s total market value as of the close of trading Thursday. It recently passed Amazon and Alphabet to become the third most valuable public company, behind Microsoft (USD3.051 trillion) and Apple (USD2.845 trillion). The company was valued at around USD580 billion a year ago.

USD60.9 billion

Revenue for the fiscal year ended Jan. 28, more than double Nvidia’s revenue for 2022 and about 6 times what it was five years ago. Wall Street expects Nvidia’s revenue to top USD100 billion in fiscal 2025.

48.8 per cent

That’s Nvidia’s net margin, or the percentage of revenue that gets turned in profit. Looked at another way, almost 50 cents of every USD1 in revenue Nvidia took in last year went to its bottom line. By comparison, Apple’s net margin is 25.3 per cent and Microsoft’s is 34.1 per cent. Both those companies have significantly higher revenue than Nvidia, however.