Wall Street still loves Nvidia despite warning about cryptocurrency revenue

Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterated its buy rating on Nvidia’s stock, expressing confidence in the company’s product pipeline.

“While the [guidance] headline miss is likely to pressure the stock [near-term], we reiterate Buy since we believe Q3 contains very limited benefits from NVDA’s next gen Turing architecture, which is likely to show up starting in Q4 and into 2019,” analyst Vivek Arya said in a note to clients Thursday. “We believe Turing and its ray-tracing capabilities and 10x inferencing benefits will have a pervasive impact across segments, and stimulate new markets in pro visualization.”

Arya reaffirmed his $340 price target for Nvidia, representing 32 percent upside to Thursday’s close.

In similar fashion, Jefferies is confident about Nvidia’s new eighth-generation Turing graphics architecture, which was announced Monday at a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“We are buyers in front of NVDA’s next gen GPU platform, ‘Turing,’ which launches in 3Q,” analyst Mark Lipacis said in a note Friday. “We expect Turing will be a revenue tailwind for NVDA over the next 12-18 months.”

Lipacis noted that Nvidia’s gaming business sales historically rose by 40 to 50 percent in the year after it launched major new chip technology. He reiterated his buy rating and $320 price target for Nvidia shares.

Cowen told its clients to overlook any short-term transitional hiccups into the Turing gaming card launch. Analysts expect gaming cards based on the new graphics technology will be announced shortly.

“The transitional quarter we expected appears a bit sharper than feared, with a zero-ing of crypto and gaming channel management impacting guidance as tables are set for the Turing gaming launch,” analyst Matthew Ramsay said in a note to clients Friday. “Our run-rate earnings power and thesis are 100% unchanged. With expectations reset, we see a very favorable set up and would be buyers.”

Ramsay reaffirmed his outperform rating and lowered his price target to $320 from $325 for Nvidia shares.

Nvidia shares are up 33 percent so far this year through Thursday versus the S&P 500’s 6 percent return.

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