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Jefferies has identified a lesser-known and potentially undervalued Taiwanese company poised to benefit from the growing artificial intelligence sector. The investment bank said Insyde Software, listed on the Taipei Exchange, is well positioned to capitalize on the increasing demand for AI-enabled personal computers and servers. Jefferies initiated coverage of Insyde with a research note titled "Firmware Leader and Yet-to-be Discovered AI Play" on July 9 with a "Buy" rating and a price target that suggests a potential 42% upside from current levels. However, the stock has already risen by more than 30% since the ratings action, according to FactSet data, which shows the stock currently offers 17% upside potential. Founded in 1998, Insyde has established itself in the firmware industry, commanding over 50% market share in the personal computer segment, Jefferies suggests.
Persons: Jefferies, Insyde, Matt Ma, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Interactive, Microsoft, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Intel, Dell, HP Locations: Taipei, Taiwan
Morgan Stanley says it's time for stock-picking in Europe as earnings season and rate cuts are imminent. Stock-level dispersion refers to the range of returns for stocks, while market breadth tracks the number of stocks going up relative to those declining. It named its top picks for Europe, which are its analysts' "highest conviction ideas" within the universe of stocks that they cover. Morgan Stanley called Commerzbank "one of the best yield payers in the sector," and is strongly profitable. "Repsol's financial framework also remains solid, where there is both ability and willingness for high distributions and dividend growth," Morgan Stanley analysts wrote.
Persons: Morgan Stanley, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Europe, Merck, Electronics Locations: Europe
Tesla 's massive rally might soon run out of steam, Wells Fargo warned investors in a new note. Analyst Colin Langan reiterated his underweight rating on the electric vehicle manufacturer, contrasting with Wall Street's bullish sentiment. TSLA YTD mountain TSLA YTD chart Langan attributed the rally to temporary optimism driven by better deliveries, the approval of Elon Musk's compensation package , hype around Tesla's robotaxi and technical factors. Retail interest likely surged in recent months, while professional investors took the opportunity to cover short positions or raise underweight holdings. "The stock rose ~40% (S & P +4%) over the last month, mostly driven by 'razzle-dazzle' headlines as most fundamentals remain weak," Langan wrote in a report entitled, "Will retail puppy love last?"
Persons: Tesla, Wells, Colin Langan, Langan, Elon, CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Tesla
Citi has identified several undervalued global stocks exposed to artificial intelligence that present substantial investment opportunities. AI has driven approximately half the 11% return in the MSCI All Country World Index so far, according to Citi. The picture resembles the S & P 500 , where mega-cap stocks focused on AI have driven much of the rally. While many AI stocks have benefited from both expanding multiples and upward earnings revisions, Citi has identified a subset of 19 stocks that buck this trend. This dual tailwind of improving valuations and fundamentals has not been present in stocks with medium or low AI exposure — such as those in the table above.
Persons: Drew Pettit, Beata Manthey, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Citi, Digital Realty Trust, Apple, Toyota Motor, Visa, ServiceNow, Samsung Electronics
The uncertainty has led Morgan Stanley to reiterate its recommendation to buy dividend stocks. The investment bank noted that the MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan High Dividend Index has slightly underperformed the MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan index in the second quarter of the year, albeit by only 0.34 percentage points. "We still prefer Dividend stocks given cautious risk sentiment in Asia/EM and see support in valuations for quality dividend stocks due to their defensiveness. Investor appetite on corporate reform and shareholder return theme in Asia/EM also remain high, which are likely to benefit dividend stocks." The company provides distillery services and Morgan Stanley sees it benefitting from "improving demand for high-end products and mid-market brands."
Persons: Morgan Stanley, Morgan, Wuliangye, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Asia, UST, U.S . Treasury, Wuliangye Yibin Company, China's Shenzhen Stock Exchange, FTSE, G, Won, Korea Exchange, American Locations: Japan, Asia, Pacific, China, FTSE China, Korean, U.S
"A solid iPhone replacement cycle and spec upgrade should help HH's better sales/earnings in 2025-26," the investment bank's analysts wrote. The bank expects the China-based design and manufacturing giant to see strong margins as demand for its casings increases in tandem with better iPhone shipment cycles between 2025 and 2026. "We lift Foxconn Industrial Internet (FII)'s 2024-26E earnings by 2-6% on potentially better iPhone casing sales and strong AI server contribution," the analysts wrote. "We expect BYDE's casing profitability to gradually improve on better operation efficiency (higher automation rate, improving yield)," the analysts wrote. They have lifted the company's 2025-2026 earnings expectations by 2% to "reflect potentially better iPhone volume, robust auto expansion as well as rising AI-related contribution (server, robot)."
Persons: Ming, Chi Kuo, Ross Young, Hai, BofA, Foxconn, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Tech, Apple, Bank of America, Hai Precision Industry, Taiwan Stock Exchange, American Depository, New, Industrial, Taiwan Stock Exchanges, U.S . Its, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China 5G, Semiconductor, Hong Kong Exchange, Hong Locations: U.S, New Taiwan, China, Shanghai, Taiwan, U.S . Its Shanghai, Hong Kong
Shares of Dutch food delivery marketplace Just Eat Takeaway.com could more than double over the next 12 months, according to Jefferies analysts. Jefferies remains bullish on Just Eat, even as the company's U.S. business Grubhub has faced the pressures of government price controls imposed on restaurants since the Covid-19 pandemic. Just Eat expects a $100 million EBITDA impact from the amending of the fee caps, the Jefferies note reported. Shares of the delivery firm have also moved away from their high during the Covid pandemic, and are now down 18.1% year-to-date and 22.5% in the last 12 months. It also trades as an American Depository Receipt in the U.S. — CNBC's Michael Bloom contributed to this report.
Persons: Jefferies, Grubhub, Giles Throne, Throne, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Jefferies, U.S ., TKWY, Euronext Amsterdam, London Stock Exchange, American Locations: U.S, New York, New York City
Investors should take a look at the options market to bet on the long-awaited rebound of Wells Fargo , according to the derivatives research team at Goldman Sachs. John Marshall, the firm's head of derivatives research, said in a note to clients that Wells Fargo looks like an options trade candidate ahead of its earnings report. Wells Fargo is set to release its latest earnings before the bell on Friday. WFC 5Y mountain Wells Fargo is off to a strong start in 2024 after a long period of underperformance. Wells Fargo has been a long-term underperformer among bank stocks, and it is still under regulatory restrictions related to a fake accounts scandal under a previous CEO.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, John Marshall, Wells, Goldman, Richard Ramsden, Richard, Wells Fargo, Marshall, NII, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Locations: Wells Fargo, Wells, underperformance, 2H24
Mainland China investors these days are often focused on how well U.S. stocks are doing — and bemoaning tepid performance at home. But a look at first-half performance shows that many China stocks still rose by double-digits, including a few artificial intelligence plays. Zhongji Innolight Ranking third in CSI 300 performance in the first half was Zhongji Innolight, which climbed 70%. Nomura rates Zhongji Innolight a buy and its analysts met with the optical communication company in late June. The broad mainland China stock market, measured in Class A shares, has underperformed over the past two years, said Wanda Wang, a research manager at Morningstar.
Persons: BofA, Nomura, Wanda Wang, That's, Invesco's, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Nvidia, CSI, Apple, Foxconn, Bank of America Securities, Industrial, FII, Avary Holding, Avary, Chartered Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan, Nomura, Nasdaq, U.S, Morningstar, Capital, Shenzhen Stock Exchange Locations: China, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Avary Holding Shenzhen, Hong Kong
Goldman Sachs has refreshed its lists of top global stock picks for July, adding some and removing others. The stocks are featured in the investment bank's "Conviction List - Directors' Cut" which seeks to offer investors a "curated and active" list of 15 to 25 buy-rated stocks. Stocks on the list are selected by a subcommittee designated by the bank's Investment Review Committee for each region. "The subcommittee will collaborate with each sector analyst to identify top ideas that offer a combination of conviction, a differentiated view and high risk-adjusted returns," Goldman Sachs said. The investment bank's analyst Ben Andrews expects the company's organic growth and margins to surpass consensus estimates.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Ronald Keung, Keung, Goldman, Ben Andrews, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: bank's Investment, Tencent Holdings China, HK, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, U.S, ISS, Copenhagen Stock Exchange Locations: Asia, Pacific, Europe, Danish, U.S
Tightness in labor markets is boosting the use case of robotics, Morgan Stanley says, predicting a boom in humanoids — or robots in human form. "Advancements in AI are transforming the robotics industry," Morgan Stanley analysts said in a June 26 report called: "Humanoids: Investment Implications of Embodied AI." The bank forecasts a humanoid population of 40,000 by 2030, 8 million by 2040 and 63 million by 2050. Morgan Stanley is not alone in its bullish stance on humanoids. Still, Morgan Stanley outlined a number of sectors set to potentially benefit from humanoids, with social care likely to be the largest total addressable market.
Persons: Morgan Stanley, it's, Elon Musk, Morgan Stanley's, , Michael Bloom, Lora Kolodny Organizations: Labor, Morgan Locations: China, United States, Asia, Europe
Chewy shares started swinging wildly after online personality Roaring Kitty revealed a big stake , but Wall Street analysts believe being branded as a meme stock is not good for the pet retailer. The meme stock leader, whose legal name is Keith Gill, has taken a 6.6% stake in Chewy, making him the third-largest shareholder. An initial boost in the share price — it surged 18% in two days early last week — has quickly faded, with shares falling more than 5% Monday. Many believe BC could use any rally in Chewy stock to sell more of its stake, putting a temporary ceiling on the shares. The dynamic could be at play Monday as Chewy's stock opened 9% higher, only to quickly give up all the gains and turn lower.
Persons: Chewy, Kitty, Keith Gill, , David Bellinger, Gill, Don Bilson, Gordon Haskett, Seth Basham, Michael Bloom Organizations: GameStop, AMC, BC Partners, Partners Locations: Chewy
Morgan Stanley analysts say they are expecting the computer memory sector to hit new highs over the rest of 2024, despite investors "generally" not being comfortable buying such stocks at such lofty prices. Aside from their attractive valuations, memory stocks are expected to see a lift in demand on the back of stronger usage of artificial intelligence-powered applications, infrastructure, tools and services, the analysts added. Top pick and overweight-rated stocks SK Hynix , the South Korean chipmaker, is Morgan Stanley's "top pick." Both stocks trade on the Korean Exchange and in the iShares MSCI South Korea ETF (SK Hynix has a 10.7% weight while Samsung Electronics has a 22.2% weight). Morgan Stanley is overweight on the stock and gives it a price target of $86, or nearly 12% upside.
Persons: Morgan Stanley, Shawn Kim, Morgan Stanley's, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: SK Hynix, Samsung Electronics, South Korean, SK Hynix —, Samsung, Korean Exchange, Western Locations: Korean, Korea
The S & P 500 and Nasdaq Composite have rallied during the second quarter and are currently within 1% of their record highs. "It's great to see S & P and Nasdaq make new highs, but clearly something is not right if key barometers for risk are rolling over," Ginsberg wrote. There doesn't even seem to be a consensus among the biggest names in the stock market. These latest signs of weakness are part of the long-standing worry about the lack of market breadth . RSP YTD mountain The equal-weight S & P 500 is headed for a losing second quarter.
Persons: Wolfe, Rob Ginsberg, Russell, Ginsberg, Jonathan Krinsky, Krinsky, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Nasdaq, Wolfe Research, Nvidia, Microsoft, Apple, Big Tech, RSP, Bears
Apple 's commitment to privacy could soon pay off by giving it a leg up over its competitors, according to Rosenblatt. That's because Apple, unlike AI predecessors, has put privacy front and center as part of its AI marketing push and architecture," Crockett wrote. "Apple laid out what it called a Private Cloud Compute architecture that keeps personal information on personal devices, and does not allow non-permissioned release of that information to anyone else, including Apple and third party LLMs," he added. An additional advantage for Apple comes from its AI approach, which allows the firm some immunity from cost pressures at hyperscalers. Against this backdrop, Crockett sees the scales "tipping the AI risk/reward in favor of Apple."
Persons: Rosenblatt, Barton Crockett, Crockett, Michael Bloom Organizations: Apple, hyperscalers
Artificial intelligence is set to give the global data center market a major boost, according to Jefferies, and usher in a "new era of electricity demand." "As GPUs [graphics processing units] have become a larger part of the data center ecosystem and drive AI investments, demand for power and data center space has grown at a feverish pace," the investment bank's analysts wrote in a June 18 note. They noted that demand for data center space has increased between 10% and 20% each year for most of the past 15 years. As the data center market grows, so will demand for electricity, Jefferies said, naming a slew of beneficiaries in these segments and beyond. Among the "pure-play data center" names it likes are Digital Realty Trust and Equinix .
Persons: Jefferies, Stocks, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Digital Realty Trust Locations: U.S, Europe, Freeport, McMoRan
Nvidia 's furious rally is breaking new ground in stock chart analysis that even the dot-com bubble couldn't pull off, according to BTIG. "NVDA recently traded ~100% above its 200 DMA. In other words, NVDA is in a league of its own," the note said. To make another parallel to the dot-com bubble, Cisco also briefly passed Microsoft in market cap in March of 2000, according to Krinsky. Shares of Nvidia are now up more than 150% year to date, and its market cap is still over $3 trillion despite a Friday slump.
Persons: Jonathan Krinsky, NVDA, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Nvidia, Cisco, Microsoft Locations: U.S
The Wall Street bank estimates that another 1 gigawatts in potential power has been "underwritten as these data centers ramp up." "With $50 billion in committed AI/DC [data center] investments, we see upside to power gencos and grid operators in the region," Morgan Stanley's analysts wrote in a June 2 research note. Below are three stocks from Morgan Stanley's list that stand out for having significant upside potential, according to FactSet's consensus price targets. Analysts polled by FactSet give the stock a price target of 14.62 Malaysian ringgits, giving it around 6% potential upside. Keppel has an ADR in the U.S. and Singapore Telecommunications trades over the counter .
Persons: Morgan Stanley, Morgan, Morgan Stanley's, FactSet, Keppel, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Morgan, Google, U.S, Global X FTSE, Asia, Malaysian, Singapore Telecommunications, Singapore Exchange Locations: Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia, Bursa Malaysia, Singapore, Keppel, U.S
Goldman Sachs refreshed its lists of top global stock picks for June by adding some and removing others. The stocks are captured in the investment bank's "Conviction List - Directors' Cut" and seeks to offer investors a "curated and active" list of 15 to 25 buy-rated stocks. The stocks are selected by a group designated by the bank's Investment Review Committee for each region. Here are three of the latest additions to Goldman's directors' cut lists — for Asia-Pacific and Europe — that were given more than 40% upside potential in the next 12 months. Goldman has a target price of 685 New Taiwan dollars ($21.16) on the stock, implying 54.1% potential upside.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Chao Wang, Oil Goldman, Nikhil Bhandari, Phillips, Daniela Costa, CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: bank's Investment, EMC, Taiwan Stock Exchange, SmartETFs Asia, New, Oil, Project, bbl, PTT Public Company, Stock Exchange of, Nasdaq, Philips, Euronext Locations: Asia, Pacific, Europe, New Taiwan, Thailand's, Stock Exchange of Thailand, Dutch, Euronext Amsterdam
The market is underestimating one corner of artificial intelligence, according to Morgan Stanley. The innovation in the sector is set to drive AI chip capabilities, said Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley says it sees "outsized winners" in Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Taiwan TSMC : Morgan Stanley noted the Taiwanese semiconductor firm is a major provider of CoWoS technology, a type of packaging technology. Japan Morgan Stanley says it favors Disco and Advantest the most out of all the companies in Japan that are producing equipment for advanced packaging.
Persons: Morgan Stanley, That's, Amkor, TSMC, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Engineers, European Union, United, Semiconductor Assembly, Test Services, Apple, ACM Research, SK Hynix, SK Hynix's Locations: Japan, South Korea, United States, Arizona, Taiwan
If the international expansion of Japanese companies is any guide, Chinese companies still have significant potential left in the global market. The company did not break out overseas revenue for the first quarter, but said overall revenue grew by 14% from a year ago to 3.8 billion yuan. When compared to Japanese companies, the contribution of overseas revenue to the total for Chinese businesses is low across industries. "We believe Zhejiang Dingli will benefit from strong boom lift sales growth, especially in the US market," the HSBC report said. I think the conversation has moved now more toward being tough on global trade or free trade," David Chao, global market strategist, Asia Pacific (ex-Japan), at Invesco, said during a webinar Thursday.
Persons: Steven Sun, Christine Peng, Anker, Dingli, Snibe, David Chao, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: HSBC, CSI, Japan's Nikkei, HSBC Qianhai Securities, UBS Asia Pacific, Companies, Amazon, Apple, Google, U.S . Commerce Department, Shenzhen New Industries Biomedical Engineering, Asia Pacific, U.S, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Union Locations: China, Japan's, Shanghai, Germany, Indonesia, East, South America, Shenzhen, Zhejiang, Snibe — Shenzhen, U.S, Asia, Japan, Invesco, Singapore, The U.S
MicroStrategy can run another 80% from here thanks to its aggressive bitcoin buying strategy, according to Bernstein. "Since August 2020, MSTR has transformed from a small software company to the largest bitcoin holding company, owning 1.1% of world's Bitcoin supply worth ~$14.5Bn," Bernstein analyst Gautam Chhugani said in a note. "MSTR's founder chairman, Michael Saylor has become synonymous with brand bitcoin and has positioned MSTR as a leading bitcoin company, attracting at-scale capital (both debt and equity) for an active bitcoin acquisition strategy." "MSTR positions itself as an 'active-leveraged' bitcoin strategy vs. passive spot ETFs," Chhugani said. … On a dollar basis, MSTR's Bitcoin $ NAV per share has grown ~4-fold beating ~2.4x growth in bitcoin spot price."
Persons: Bernstein, MicroStrategy, MSTR, Gautam Chhugani, MSTR's, Michael Saylor, Chhugani, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: BTC
At stake is one of the top two spots in the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) , whose June rebalance is based on market cap values as of Friday's close. The market caps of Microsoft, Apple and Nvidia were all within $100 billion of each other as of Thursday's close, according to a FactSet calculation. This type of big shift in an index fund is unusual, but not unprecedented. The fund tracks an index from S & P Dow Jones Indices that uses weighting caps to keep the index in bounds. Depending on how many shares of Nvidia are required, it might cause a short-term spike in the name," Bajaj said.
Persons: Dow, Dow Jones, Matthew Bartolini, Bartolini, Mohit Bajaj, SPDR, Bajaj, Todd Sohn, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Nvidia, Technology, Apple, Microsoft, Dow Jones, Dow Jones Indices, UBS, SPDR, Amazon, Trading, WallachBeth, Bajaj, Street Global Advisors, NYSE Technology Locations: U.S, SPDR Americas, rebalancing
Broadcom shares rose about 12% on Thursday after the company posted second fiscal quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates and showed that it's benefiting from the artificial intelligence boom. Broadcom reported earnings per share of $10.96 ahead of LSEG consensus estimates of $10.84 per share. Analysts see Broadcom as a beneficiary of increasing investments in AI. Bank of America analysts reiterated a buy rating and said they consider Broadcom a top AI pick because it is positioned to grow in custom AI chips and Ethernet networking. They also said Broadcom can upsell VMware to enterprise customers deploying AI.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Broadcom, Nvidia, . Bank of America, VMware, Bank of America
Oracle shares closed up more than 13% on Wednesday, a day after the software company announced its fourth-quarter results and cloud deals with Microsoft -backed OpenAI and Google . Alongside its results, Oracle said it is partnering with Microsoft and OpenAI to help supply additional computing capacity for the startup. Analysts from Citi said Oracle's sluggish revenue for the fourth quarter was offset by "tremendous RPO bookings growth." UBS analysts said the highlight of Oracle's results is its "extraordinary sequential backlog growth of $18 billion." Morgan Stanley analysts said Oracle's quarter was mixed, but the "near term AI build-out likely wins the day and sustains momentum in shares."
Persons: Larry Ellison, Safra Catz, Oracle, Morgan Stanley, — CNBC's Michael Bloom, Jordan Novet Organizations: Oracle, Microsoft, Google, Analysts, Citi, UBS Locations: San Francisco
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