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Forget Nvidia: Billionaires Are Selling It and Buying These 2 Hypergrowth Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stocks Instead

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For the better part of three decades, there has been no shortage of next-big-thing investments that have captivated the attention of professional and everyday investors. Since the advent of the internet completely changed the course of business in the mid-1990s, there’s nothing that’s garnered as much buzz on Wall Street as the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution.
With AI and the incorporation of machine learning (ML), software and systems have the ability to learn over time and become more proficient at their tasks. The broad-reaching scope of AI in virtually every sector and industry is why the analysts at PwC believe it could add more than $15 trillion to global gross domestic product by the turn of the decade.
Although dozens of stocks have benefited from the AI revolution, none have enjoyed a more direct boost to their sales and bottom line than semiconductor stock Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA).
This “infrastructure backbone” of the AI revolution is on the chopping block by billionaires
In a little more than a year, Nvidia has become what I like to call the “infrastructure backbone” of the AI movement. The company’s A100 and H100 graphics processing units (GPUs) have come to dominate high-compute data centers. Though estimates vary, Nvidia’s ultra-fast GPUs might account for 90% (or more) of the GPUs deployed in AI-accelerated data centers this year.
This is a company that’s also enjoying otherworldly pricing power on its GPUs. With demand overwhelming supply throughout 2023, cost of revenue moved only modestly higher while data center sales more than tripled. This is a pretty clear indication that pricing power is behind much of Nvidia’s sales and profit spike.
But not everyone is convinced that Nvidia is headed higher. During the December-ended quarter, eight prominent billionaire investors pared down their stakes in this top-performing megacap, including (total shares sold in parenthesis):

Israel Englander of Millennium Management (1,689,322 shares)
Jeff Yass of Susquehanna International (1,170,611 shares)
Steven Cohen of Point72 Asset Management (1,088,821 shares)
David Tepper of Appaloosa Management (235,000 shares)
Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management (218,839 shares)
Chase Coleman of Tiger Global Management (142,900 shares)
David Siegel and John Overdeck of Two Sigma Investments (30,663 shares)

One of the primary reasons to be skeptical of Nvidia’s phenomenal run-up is that it’s been driven by GPU scarcity. With Nvidia set to meaningfully increase its output in the current calendar year, and competitors like Advanced Micro Devices and Intel rolling out advanced AI-GPUs of their own, it’s only logical to expect its pricing power to decline.
What’s arguably even more concerning is that Nvidia’s top four customers by revenue (40% of total sales) are all developing AI-GPUs of their own. This is either going to lessen their future reliance on Nvidia as their in-house data center chips complement what Nvidia produces, or they could phase Nvidia’s infrastructure out altogether. Either way, it’s a worrisome development for a richly valued stock.
But while billionaires were busy running for the exit from Nvidia, they weren’t shy about pressing the buy button on two other hypergrowth AI stocks during the fourth quarter.
CrowdStrike Holdings
The first high-octane AI growth stock that appeared to whet the whistles of billionaire money managers during the December-ended quarter is cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Holdings (NASDAQ: CRWD). Four highly successful billionaires added to their funds’ respective stakes in CrowdStrike, including (total shares purchased in parenthesis):

Jeff Yass of Susquehanna International (400,988 shares)
Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies (97,900 shares)
David Siegel and John Overdeck of Two Sigma Investments (91,091 shares)

On a macro basis, the cybersecurity industry has the look of a surefire growth story through at least the remainder of the decade. As businesses continue shifting their data online and into the cloud, third-party providers are being relied on with frequency to protect this information from hackers.
Furthermore, cybersecurity solutions can thrive in any economic climate. A bad day for Wall Street or a rough patch for the U.S. economy doesn’t mean a thing to hackers and robots looking to steal sensitive information. Since CrowdStrike is a subscription-driven company that protects end users, it’s well-positioned to generate predictable cash flow no matter what’s happening with the economy or stock market.
On a more company-specific basis, CrowdStrike brings clearly identifiable competitive advantages to the table for its customers and investors. The company’s Falcon security platform is driven by AI and ML. Falcon is overseeing trillions of events each week, which are making it smarter and more effective at recognizing and responding to potential threats.
There are a couple of key performance indicators that demonstrate just how much pull CrowdStrike has with businesses. Even though its platform isn’t the cheapest, gross retention rate has been pegged right around 98% for multiple years. Additionally, the company’s net retention rate hasn’t fallen below 119% in more than five years. This means the company’s existing clients are spending at least 19% more on a year-over-year basis.
But the key to CrowdStrike’s success has been its ability to upsell existing customers. Whereas a single-digit percentage of its clients seven years ago had purchased four or more cloud module subscriptions, 64% of its customers now have five or more cloud module subscriptions. These add-on sales have lifted its adjusted subscription gross margin to an impressive 80%!
Snowflake
The second hypergrowth artificial intelligence stock that billionaires were buying as they were sending Nvidia to the chopping block during the December-ended quarter is cloud data-warehousing company Snowflake (NYSE: SNOW). Similar to CrowdStrike, four billionaire investors stepped up and added to their funds’ stakes, including (total shares purchased in parenthesis):

Ken Griffin of Citadel Advisors (1,985,426 shares)
David Siegel and John Overdeck of Two Sigma Investments (1,204,387 shares)
Israel Englander of Millennium Management (888,047 shares)

There look to be two reasons why billionaire asset managers are choosing to load up on shares of Snowflake: opportunity and competitive edge.
With regard to the former, enterprise cloud spending, and AI solutions/applications within the cloud, are still in their early innings of expansion. Buying shares of Snowflake offers a way for investors to have exposure to the rapid growth in enterprise cloud and AI.
The other reason billionaires likely piled into Snowflake is because of its well-defined competitive advantages. For example, Snowflake’s infrastructure is layered atop the leading cloud infrastructure service platforms. While sharing data can be challenging across competing cloud platforms, it’s seamless for Snowflake’s customers.
Likewise, Snowflake doesn’t rely on subscriptions. Rather, it charges customers based on the data they store and the Snowflake Compute Credits they use. This transparent pricing policy really seems to resonate with its users.
The one issue with Snowflake is the company’s valuation. Don’t get me wrong, CrowdStrike trades at an immense premium, but has seen its sales remain robust. Snowflake’s revenue growth has slowed from the triple-digits three years ago to an estimated 22% in the current fiscal year. Snowflake is also valued at 115 times forward-year adjusted earnings, which is an even tougher pill to swallow for a company that’s seen its sales growth slow from the triple digits.
Though Snowflake looks to have a bright future, it could take some time before its operating performance grows into its current valuation.
Should you invest $1,000 in CrowdStrike right now?
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Source: finance.yahoo.com
 
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Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA Expand Global Coverage

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Eddid Financial (“the Group”) announces that its intelligent trading application Eddid ONE and the premier US stock trading application Eddid ONE USA* have expanded their global coverage to 22 countries and regions. The apps are now officially launched on Google Play and App Store in respective markets, providing clients with advanced and convenient proprietary intelligent services.
The apps are now available in 22 key global markets across six continents, including Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan and Japan. Going forward, expansion plans are in place to reach additional emerging markets as the Group continues building out its global network.
Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA* have long been favored by the market for their clean interface and versatile functions. Specifically, Eddid ONE includes AI assistants in addition to real-time market data, proprietary trading strategies, research reports etc., but also come with AI assistants. Utilizing big data and AI technologies, the assistants provide personalized intelligent services, including predicting market trends and target stock prices to cater to diverse investor needs.
Clients can now keep abreast of the latest global market developments anytime, anywhere by using Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*. This allows them to enjoy the Group’s one-stop proprietary intelligent trading services no matter where they are. Going forward, Eddid Financial will continue leveraging its leadership in fintech innovation to further enhance Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*, with the commitment to deliver an even more comprehensive, efficient and secure financial services experience.
* *Always consider the risks when investing.
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Gcore Recognised as Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator Category at the EMEA NVIDIA Partner Network Awards

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Gcore, the global edge AI, cloud, network, and security solutions provider, today announced its recognition as ‘Highly Commended’ in the Industry Innovation category at the NVIDIA Partner Network Awards EMEA 2024 for its groundbreaking Speech-to-Text Translator.
The NVIDIA Partner Network Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of partners exhibiting outstanding efforts, unwavering commitment, and innovative spirit in accelerated computing and AI. The Industry Innovation Award recognises partners who have spearheaded transformation within a specific industry or field.
Gcore used artificial intelligence to launch the first advanced machine learning model for speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish. The model can be used to translate entire recordings for various mediums, including theatre, film, or music, from English into Luxembourgish text – for example, in the form of film subtitles.
Gcore is currently working on enabling real-time translations for use during conferences and events. The company’s future plans also include adding other commonly used languages in Luxembourg, such as French and German, to the translation tool, making speech-to-text translation a key mode of cross-language communication.Speech-to-Text Translator is part of Gcore’s state-of-the-art edge AI solutions, which also include GPU Cloud for AI training and Inference at the Edge for AI inference, all powered by NVIDIA GPUs.
Commenting on the award, Andre Reitenbach, CEO of Gcore, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the NVIDIA Partner Network. Aware of the growing demand from the Luxembourgish public, expats, and local businesses for translation from English to Luxembourgish, Gcore is committed to making communication seamless and efficient. Our groundbreaking AI app for speech recognition sets a new standard, demonstrating our leadership in edge AI services. We are honoured to be acknowledged by the NVIDIA Partner Network for our innovative contribution to the AI landscape.”
“AI fosters communication and connection through its ability to translate across languages,” said Dirk Barfuss, Director of EMEA Channel at NVIDIA. “Gcore is recognized as 2024 EMEA NPN Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator category for its achievements in creating the first advanced speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish, powered by NVIDIA GPUs.”
Gcore’s model was built on Whisper Small – the downsized version of the open-source Whisper model, containing 244 million weights. To meet this substantial demand for computing resources, Gcore used a high-end solution powered by the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU.
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CCI Initiates Study on AI’s Influence on Competition, Efficiency, and Innovation

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is gearing up to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on competition, efficiency, and innovation.
This initiative comes in response to the growing significance of AI across various sectors. With the aim of fostering innovation and fair competition, the CCI has announced plans to delve into the evolving landscape of AI and its application in Indian markets.
In a recent announcement, the CCI issued a request for proposal to engage an agency to conduct this market study. The study aims to provide insights into the emerging competition dynamics within AI ecosystems, along with assessing the implications of AI applications for competition, efficiency, and innovation across key user industries.
Key focus areas of the study include understanding the AI ecosystem, analyzing its applications in different industries, evaluating its impact on competition within sectors, and examining the regulatory frameworks governing AI development in India and other major jurisdictions.
Additionally, the study will explore strategies for fostering a competitive environment that encourages both incumbent AI developers and new innovators. It will also address measures for creating awareness among stakeholders regarding AI usage and its implications on competition, alongside ensuring compliance with necessary standards.
To facilitate this study, the selected agency will be tasked with collating existing research and data, as well as engaging with relevant stakeholders. The deadline for submission of bids is June 3, with the opening of financial bids scheduled for June 26.
This initiative underscores India’s commitment to understanding and harnessing the potential of AI while ensuring fair competition and promoting innovation. It aligns with the CCI’s broader efforts to address emerging challenges in the digital economy and safeguard competition in the market.
By conducting this study, the CCI aims to equip itself with valuable insights that will inform future regulatory decisions and strategies related to AI development and its impact on competition dynamics in India.
Source: business-standard.com
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