By Emily Bary
RBC raises target price to new Street high following Nvidia results, citing healthy market for gaming chips
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are up 1.7% in premarket trading Friday after RBC Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves raised his price target on the stock to $66, which is now the highest target among analysts who cover the stock.
His new target, up from $63 previously, comes after a better-than-expected earnings report from AMD (AMD) peer Nvidia Corp. (NVDA), which indicated to Steves that the market for gaming chips is healthy and the coronavirus is unlikely to impact full-year 2020 results for AMD.
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"We are increasing our multiple on AMD due to higher conviction in overall demand for gaming and server chips," he wrote. "We believe AMD has made the correct long-term bets that will pay off over the next 12 months and beyond."
Steves is upbeat about AMD's product offerings and has a positive view of the new products that could be coming out later this year. He's also encouraged that AMD now seems to have more long-only investors.
"We've noticed a significant shift in investor interest from hedge funds to long-term investors due to the recent success of the EPYC 2 launch," he wrote.
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Steves is calling for an acceleration in sequential earnings-per-share growth as 2020 progresses due to an expectation that AMD will hit about 500,000 server units by the second quarter, an anticipated gaming-console ramp in the third quarter, and "scale-up" in next-generation servers throughout the second half of the year.
He rates the stock at outperform.
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AMD shares have added 42% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has increased 9%.
-Emily Bary; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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February 14, 2020 07:53 ET (12:53 GMT)
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