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    It’s NVIDIA’s world and we’re just living in it!

    enFebruary 23, 2024

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    • Exceptional growth in NVIDIA's Q4 earnings reportNVIDIA's Q4 earnings report showed exceptional growth, with revenues up 22% from Q3 and 265% from a year ago. The data center segment drove over 400% growth, and the stock added $300 billion in market cap. Continued growth is expected for the upcoming quarter.

      NVIDIA's Q4 earnings report showed exceptional growth, with revenues up 22% from Q3 and 265% from a year ago. The data center segment, which accounts for about half of NVIDIA's business, saw revenues increase by over 400%, driven by the demand for artificial intelligence technology. NVIDIA's stock performance has been impressive, with the company adding around $300 billion in market cap since the earnings report. The growth is expected to continue, with similar growth rates anticipated for the upcoming quarter. NVIDIA's CEO, Jensen Huang, stated that the company has hit a tipping point in generative AI and that it's enabling a new industry. Despite some weakness in China, the growth has been accelerating throughout the year, with full-year growth up over 120%. The gaming and automotive segments also saw growth, with gaming up 15% for the full year and automotive up 20% for the full year but down for the quarter. The demand for NVIDIA's products is outpacing supply, and the company expects continued growth in the upcoming quarter.

    • NVIDIA's manufacturing edge and Etsy, Wayfair's strugglesNVIDIA benefits from manufacturing complex chips, contributing to 40% of revenue, while Etsy and Wayfair face consumer demand challenges, with Etsy dealing with discretionary spending and Wayfair battling competition and higher costs. Walmart's strong earnings and acquisitions signal commitment to expanding ad business.

      NVIDIA's manufacturing edge in producing complex chips gives them a significant advantage, contributing to 40% of their revenue from inference in generative AI. Meanwhile, Etsy and Wayfair's recent quarterly reports highlight their ongoing struggles to drive consumer demand, with Etsy facing more discretionary spending focus and Wayfair dealing with intense competition and higher customer acquisition costs. Despite these challenges, both companies are exploring ways to attract consumers back to their platforms. Additionally, Walmart's better-than-expected earnings, dividend increase, and acquisition of VIZIO underscore their commitment to expanding their ad business. Overall, these reports demonstrate the complexities and nuances in the tech and e-commerce industries.

    • Walmart's Impressive Earnings and Avizio AcquisitionWalmart's strong Q2 performance includes ecommerce growth, increased earnings per share, and substantial free cash flow. They also acquired Avizio, accelerating their push into connected TV advertising and expanding their ad tech industry presence.

      Walmart had a strong quarter with impressive ecommerce growth, a significant increase in earnings per share, and a substantial free cash flow. Additionally, their acquisition of Avizio accelerates their push into connected TV advertising, expanding their advertising network and making it a formidable competitor in the ad tech industry. On the other hand, Teladoc's growth story may be coming to an end as their roll-up strategy proved to be expensive, leading to slow sales growth and thinning margins. Despite this, Teladoc is still aiming for margin expansion, but the current expansion rate is far from the targeted 50 to 100 basis points per year.

    • Palo Alto's Shift in Strategy and its ImpactEffective communication skills are vital in business and life, and Palo Alto's free service strategy shows the importance of clear communication in navigating complex business changes. Despite short-term concerns, this shift could lead to long-term revenue growth and potential price wars in the cybersecurity industry.

      Effective communication skills are essential in business and life, and the Think Fast, Talk Smart podcast can help you develop those skills. Palo Alto Networks' recent strategy shift, resulting in investor concerns and a stock drop, is not indicative of a slowdown in demand for cybersecurity services, but rather a change in Palo Alto's customer acquisition tactics. Under their new strategy, Palo Alto offers their services for free until existing vendor contracts end, aiming for long-term revenue growth despite a short-term slowdown. This move could lead to price wars in the industry, but its impact on competitors remains uncertain. Overall, strong communication skills, as discussed on the Think Fast, Talk Smart podcast, are crucial in navigating business changes and understanding complex situations like Palo Alto's strategy shift.

    • Capital One's Acquisition of Discover: Gain Access to New Merchant NetworksCapital One aims to acquire Discover for its merchant network, enabling Capital One to become both an issuer and a network provider, expanding their reach to merchants Discover has but Capital One did not.

      Capital One's proposed acquisition of Discover Financial for $32.3 billion is primarily driven by Capital One's desire to obtain Discover's unique network, which is one of the major payment networks alongside Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. This deal would enable Capital One to become both an issuer and a network provider, connecting them with merchants that Discover has but Capital One did not have access to before. However, the deal faces regulatory scrutiny and may not close until early next year. Meanwhile, MercadoLibre reported solid sales but was negatively impacted by nonrecurring tax charges and a lawsuit expense. While these charges are not recurring in the sense that they were recognized all at once, they can be recurring in the sense that similar charges are expected in the future under the new tax rules. Despite these charges, sales were strong, and the stock did not experience significant declines.

    • MercadoLibre's Fintech Business Drives ProfitabilityMercadoLibre's fintech business is profitable, with a decrease in non-performing loans and an increase in provisions to doubtful accounts. The logistics business is thriving, with a 31% increase in shipped items and almost half going through MercadoLibre's logistics. However, investors should watch for potential tax charges and inflation in Argentina.

      MercadoLibre's fintech business, which includes credit offerings, debit cards, and bank accounts, continues to drive the company's profitability. Despite a slight dip in sales from Argentina due to inflation, the fintech side has seen a decrease in non-performing loans and an increase in provision to doubtful accounts. Additionally, the logistics business is thriving, with a 31% increase in shipped items and almost half of all shipments going through MercadoLibre's logistics business. However, investors should keep an eye on macro factors such as impending tax charges and inflation in Argentina, which may impact the company's profitability. A thought experiment discussed during the podcast was the possibility of Twitter having a more traditional business-minded CEO like Andy Jassy, who was running AWS at the time, instead of Jack Dorsey. While Jassy may have been a better choice for a more lucrative business decision, the board ultimately believed that Twitter's biggest issue was the product, and Dorsey was seen as the product choice. The podcast also touched on the decent chunk of Twitter's business related to the API and data sharing.

    • Twitter's struggle with video content despite early innovationExecution and strategy are vital for success, even for early adopters. Twitter's lack of a unified approach to video content led to missed opportunities and failure to establish themselves as a dominant player.

      Execution and cohesive strategy are crucial for a company to succeed, even when they are early adopters of new technologies or trends. The discussion around Twitter's early foray into video content, specifically with Vine and Periscope, highlights this point. Despite having innovative offerings ahead of competitors, Twitter struggled due to internal competition and lack of a unified strategy. This resulted in missed opportunities and ultimately, failure to establish themselves as the premier destination for video content. A potential acquisition by Disney during this time could have led to a different outcome, as Disney saw value in Twitter's live video capabilities as a means to distribute their content. However, the absence of a clear strategy and execution hindered Twitter's ability to capitalize on this opportunity.

    • Activist investors push for changes in company leadership and operationsActivist investors like Elliott Management can influence companies to make changes, such as appointing a full-time CEO or focusing operations, to increase profitability. However, these changes may not always lead to long-term success.

      Companies, even those with popular services, can face pressure from activist investors to make changes in leadership or operations to increase profitability. In the case of Twitter, Elliott Investment Management believed that having a full-time CEO would increase the company's value. Despite Jack Dorsey's dual role as CEO of Twitter and Square, Elliott saw this as a hindrance. Dorsey took the criticism personally, but ultimately, the board of directors sided with Elliott, leading to concessions and a more focused company. However, Dorsey's departure 18 months later suggests that Elliott may have achieved its long-term goal. Additionally, both Dorsey and Elon Musk have a tendency to take business matters personally, making their professional relationship intriguing. The Vine discussion highlights the importance of providing creators with monetization opportunities to keep them engaged, as Twitter and Vine failed to do, leading to a loss of talent.

    • Leading Differently: Jack Dorsey vs Elon MuskDifferent leadership styles can bring change and urgency to a struggling company, even if execution is not perfect.

      Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk, despite their mutual admiration and similar vision for Twitter, managed and led in vastly different ways. Jack Dorsey was known for his thoughtful, hands-off approach, empowering his team to make decisions, while Elon Musk ran companies at breakneck speed, making all the decisions himself and prioritizing his mission above all else. However, they shared an idealistic vision for Twitter and likely bonded over their shared experiences as tech billionaires. When Musk took over Twitter, he brought chaos and instability, but there were some positive lessons to learn. Being radically different when taking over a struggling company can be an effective strategy, and moving quickly can help break free from a rut. Despite the challenges and controversies, Musk's approach brought a sense of urgency and change to Twitter, even if the execution was not perfect.

    • Elon Musk's business approach vs Twitter's unique value propositionElon Musk's fast-paced business approach may not be easily replicated in the social media industry due to the evolving nature of community engagement and decentralization trends.

      Elon Musk's fast-paced approach to business, although not executed effectively during his tenure at Twitter, can be commendable in the tech industry. However, Twitter's unique value proposition, which stemmed from the presence of a large and diverse community of influential figures, may not be replicable in the future. The shift towards decentralization of social media platforms and the increasing realization that social media is not a necessity for everyone make it challenging to recreate the same level of engagement and community on a single platform. Despite this, Twitter still holds value for some users, particularly those with an interest in sports and news.

    • KFC Introduces Chizza in the US and Grab Reports First ProfitKFC brings Chizza, a breaded chicken dish with toppings, to the US market. Grab, a Southeast Asian tech firm, reports first profit and plans share buyback. HubSpot introduces new pricing scheme, affecting subscribers and revenue.

      KFC is introducing its international hit, Chizza, in the US, featuring breaded chicken topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. While some see it as a twist on Chicken Parmesan, others question its practicality for eating. Meanwhile, in the stock market, Grab, a Southeast Asian company offering mobility, transportation, delivery, and logistics, reported its first-ever profit and announced a $500 million share repurchase plan. Emily is bullish on Grab, but wants to see the company manage incentive payments for expansion. HubSpot, a subscription CRM tool, has seen significant growth and recently announced a new pricing scheme, which Andy is watching closely for potential impacts on subscribers and revenue.

    • Company Focuses on Business Beyond HubcapsUnderstand a company's core business before making investment decisions to avoid confusion and ensure alignment with investment goals.

      During the discussion on Motley Fool Money, it was revealed that one company, whose name was mentioned but not explicitly stated, does not manufacture hubcaps. Instead, it focuses on other areas of business. The other companies discussed, Grab Holdings and HubSpot, were also touched upon, but the speakers expressed uncertainty about their specific businesses. Despite this, Emily made a compelling argument for adding Grab Holdings to the watchlist. Overall, the conversation underscored the importance of understanding a company's core business before making investment decisions.

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