It was just a couple of weeks ago when I thought chipmaker NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) was reaching bubble territory. Shares were rising basically every day, up almost 75% since the company's latest earnings report. With a valuation that appeared ahead of the company's future growth, I thought investors needed to be quite cautious. The next day, Citron followed with a very cautious note and $90 price target, resulting in the pullback I thought could come, seen below. Now that shares have settled in, it's time to take another look at where things stand.
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Google, which makes almost all of its money on ads and internet user data, is undertaking herculean efforts to get a grip on artificial intelligence (AI). It's trying to develop software that allows machines to think and learn like humans. This includes the $525 million acquisition in 2014 of DeepMind, which is said to have lost an additional $162 million in 2016.
Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN) has grabbed the attention from analysts, when it saw a value decrease of -0.79 percent in the last trading session. A total of 1.80 million shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade compared with its average trading volume of 2.20 million shares. When taking a look at recommendations from analysts, investors can use the average brokerage recommendation score to determine the consensus take on a stock. The ABR is the calculated average of the actual recommendations (strong buy, hold, sell etc) made by the brokerage firms for a given stock. The ABR rank is displayed in the range of 1 to 5 where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.
Artificial intelligence is frequently discussed yet it's too early to show real gains. AI's major headwind is the cost of the investment, which will skew returns in the short-term. When the turnaround occurs, however, companies who are making the investment can expect to be rewarded disproportionately with a wide performance gap. In a recent report, McKinsey predicts AI leaders will see up to double the cash flow. We can see some evidence of this in Alphabet's revenue segment, Other Bets, which includes many AI projects with a loss of $3.35 billion in 2018.