Nasdaq futures rallied and chipmakers soared as a bullish sales forecast from Nvidia Corp. ignited gains in companies linked to the frenzy for artificial intelligence.
(Bloomberg) — Nasdaq futures rallied and chipmakers soared as a bullish sales forecast from Nvidia Corp. ignited gains in companies linked to the frenzy for artificial intelligence.
Nvidia shares soared 23% in US premarket trading after its forecast for surging revenue surprised even the most optimistic analysts on Wall Street, propelling the company to the cusp of a $1 trillion market value. Contracts on the Nasdaq 100 added 1.6% and chipmaker ASM International NV led gains in the Stoxx 600 Index.
If the premarket gain holds, Nvidia’s value would rise by about $180 billion, ranking among the biggest one-day pops in history. The company, whose shares have doubled this year, is at the forefront of an explosion in spending on artificial intelligence computing following the success of ChatGPT and other tools.
It’s another sign that investors are willing to pile into promising tech stocks, despite the growing worries about China’s economy and a potentially catastrophic US debt default. Fitch Ratings warned that the US’s AAA rating is under threat, though it still expect politicians will reach an agreement before time runs out.
Treasury yields were steady on Wednesday, with yields on the two-year and 10-year note holding near the highest since mid-March.
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Outside of chipmakers, markets were broadly weaker and selling intensified in Hong Kong, with the Hang Seng Index shedding 2.1%. The CSI 300 Index has given up about half its gains from the so-called reopening trade that started in November. The yuan is signaling an economy in distress after breaking through the closely-watched 7-per-dollar level.
The worry for investors is that China’s economy is losing momentum and there are persistant financial troubles in the real estate industry. Recent data suggest gross domestic product growth this year will be closer to the government’s target of about 5%, contrary to expectations of a large overshoot formed earlier in the year.
Key events this week:
- US initial jobless claims, GDP, Thursday
- Interest rate decisions in Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, South Korea, Thursday
- Tokyo CPI, Friday
- US consumer income, wholesale inventories, durable goods, University of Michigan consumer sentiment, Friday
Some of the main moves in markets:
- The Stoxx Europe 600 was little changed as of 9:41 a.m. London time
- S&P 500 futures gain 0.5%
- Nasdaq 100 futures rose 1.6%
- The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.8%
- The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 0.6%
- The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was little changed
- The euro fell 0.2% to $1.0733
- The Japanese yen was little changed at 139.43 per dollar
- The offshore yuan fell 0.3% to 7.0845 per dollar
- The British pound was little changed at $1.2373
- Bitcoin fell 0.6% to $26,242.66
- Ether fell 1.1% to $1,785.51
- The yield on 10-year Treasuries was little changed at 3.75%
- Germany’s 10-year yield was little changed at 2.48%
- Britain’s 10-year yield advanced eight basis points to 4.29%
- Brent crude fell 0.9% to $77.63 a barrel
- Spot gold rose 0.4% to $1,964.36 an ounce
This story was produced with the assistance of Bloomberg Automation.
–With assistance from Isabelle Lee and Georgina McKay.
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