The artificial intelligence (AI) industry is in a state of flux, with recent events at OpenAI throwing the leadership of the company into question.
Amidst this uncertainty, rivals in the AI environment like Microsoft and Nvidia stocks have skyrocketed as investors bet on these two tech giants to take advantage of the chaos and emerge as the new leaders in AI.
Microsoft has a huge investment in OpenAI but is also developing an AI product, while Nvidia is growing in this sector, aiming to hire more talents to help build a primary role in AI.
Microsoft (MSFT) stock initially rose in the days following the OpenAI leadership turmoil. On November 20, 2023, the day Microsoft announced that it had hired ousted OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, and other key staff, MSFT stock closed up by 2.5% at $375.71. The stock continued to stay high despite a slight pullback in the following days, reaching $373,07 on November 23, 2023.
In addition to the race for AI, Nvidia stock is also gaining ground thanks to massive investments in microchips, which have led to record quarterly results.
Derren Nathan, head of equity research at Hargreaves Lansdown , commenting on Nvidia results, said: “The market leader in Artificial Intelligence has delivered yet another record quarter. And it’s continuing to push the envelope with the recent launch of the H200 representing another step change in the computing power of its most advanced chip. The growth in its market value since Chat GPT first arrived on the scene has been astonishing.”
“The share price has trebled, and the company is now one of a handful over a trillion dollars. But the investment returns have very much been powered by even more impressive growth in the underlying business.”
The high margins commanded by Nvidia’s best-in-class tech and a cautious approach to the cost base are amplifying the effect on the bottom line. The shares have roared ahead on solid fundamentals, and a forward multiple of 30 times is hardly dot com boom territory given the pace of revenue expansion and even faster upward momentum in profits.
But investors are pausing to digest the impact of tightening export controls to China.
“For now, that’s being more than compensated for by booming demand elsewhere but there are concerns there will be more restrictions to follow, which could accelerate local efforts to close the technological gap. But given how high Nvidia set the bar, that won’t be easy.”
Microsoft’s stock performance has been positively correlated with the company’s progress in artificial intelligence (AI). As Microsoft has invested more heavily in AI research and development, its stock price has generally trended upwards.
There have been several notable instances where Microsoft’s stock price has responded positively to AI-related news. For example, in November 2023, Microsoft’s stock price rose by over 2% after the company announced that it had hired Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, a leading AI research company. This move was seen as a sign that Microsoft was serious about becoming a leader in AI.
In addition to specific news events, Microsoft’s overall stock performance has also benefited from the broader growth of the AI industry. AI is a rapidly growing market with the potential to revolutionize many industries, and Microsoft is well-positioned to capitalize on this growth.
Overall, there is a strong correlation between Microsoft’s stock performance and the company’s progress in AI. As Microsoft continues to invest in AI and develop new AI-powered products and services, its stock price is likely to continue to rise.
AI has emerged as a defining technology in the big tech sector. Unlike past trends like Metaverse and NFTs that generated hype but had limited real-world applications, AI is a lasting force with practical solutions. Although the market might see fluctuations as initial winners recede and new players emerge, AI offers enduring investment opportunities.
AI Market Expert at Forex.com, Matt Weller, said:
“Big tech’s influence on the financial markets is expected to remain strong in the second half of 2023. Investors are advised to stay vigilant and adapt to ever changing dynamics. Tech stocks typically outperform in good economic conditions but face challenges during downturns, and this trend is likely to continue.”
As we move toward the end of 2023, investors seem to remain flexible, assess risk-reward profiles carefully, and consider the broader economic context when making investment decisions.
“The landscape may have changed dramatically in the past year, but big tech’s enduring size and resilience make it a compelling sector to watch, especially as conditions improve.”