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Nvidia Stock Is Downgraded. China and Russia Are Headwinds.

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Nvidia

shares were falling in premarket trading Monday after the stock was downgraded by a Baird analyst, who cited concerns over slowing consumer demand exacerbated by the Russian embargo.

Nvidia (ticker:


NVDA

) stock was down 4% to $221.89 in premarket trading on Monday. The stock has lost 21% this year.

Analyst Tristan Gerra lowered his rating on the stock to Neutral from Outperform and slashed his price target to $225 from $360.

“We believe order cancellations recently started in consumer GPUs,” he wrote in a research note on Monday.

The cancellations are driven by a combination of excess GPU, or graphics processing unit, in Western Europe and Asia, as well as a slowdown in consumer demand, especially in China, he said. Slowing consumer demand for GPUs was evident in the continuing reduction in graphics card pricing, he added.

A Barron’s stock screen identified Nvidia as one of 27 stocks that could demonstrate pricing power in an inflationary environment.

The macro field is also complicated for Nvidia, Gerra said. For one, recent Covid-related shutdowns in China could create further logistical problems for the company’s supply chain. Second, Russia “likely represents a larger percentage of consumer GPU than the consensus view, driven by both gamers and mining,” he said. The recent embargo on trade with Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine could weaken sales, he added.

As a result, Gerra reduced his revenue estimate, as weak GPU demand could impact revenue in the second half of 2022, he said. His new price target is based on Nvidia trading at 25 times his new 2025 earnings per share estimate, he said.

Last week, Truist analyst William Stein cut his price targets for several large semiconductor manufactures, including Nvidia,


Advanced Micro Devices

(


AMD

), and


Intel

(


INTC

). Stein noted there may be a coming “negative shift in demand signals” for semiconductors.

Not every analyst is taking a cautious take on the stock. Of the 44 analysts covering the stock, 36 rate it a Buy or Outperform, while seven rate it a Hold and one rates it a Buy. A few weeks ago, Tigress Financial Partners analyst Ivan Feinseth raised his price target on Nvidia to a new Wall Street-high, saying he was optimistic about the company’s ongoing advancements in artificial intelligence.

Indeed, Barid’s Gerra remained positive on the company’s long-term fundamentals.

“Despite a hiccup in consumer GPU demand this year, we expect RTX upgrades to represent a continued catalyst medium term, along with AI and software opportunities,” Gerra added.

RTX, or real-time ray tracing, is Nvidia’s high-end professional GPUs, used for gaming and artificial intelligence processing.

Nvidia’s data center revenue outlook also remains strong, Gerra added.

Write to Sabrina Escobar at sabrina.escobar@barrons.com

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