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NVIDIA smashes expectations once again

NVIDIA shares rose 6% in extended trading yesterday as the group smashed earnings, sales, and outlook expectations once again.

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APAC equity markets

APAC equity markets closed the session mostly higher. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Bear set an all-time high. In Germany, the DAX also set a new record high on Wednesday.

The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve (Fed) minutes on Wednesday evening showed that no rate cuts would be coming until there was "greater confidence" that inflation was receding. The meeting summary indicated a general sense of optimism that the Fed's policy moves had succeeded in lowering the rate of inflation, which in mid-2022 hit its highest level in more than 40 years. However, officials noted that they wanted to see more before starting to ease policy, saying that rate hikes are likely over. Members cited the "risks of moving too quickly" on cuts.

The Bank of Japan

83% of economists polled by Reuters believe that the Bank of Japan will pull the plug on its eight-year negative interest rate policy in April. Nearly the same proportion of economists, 76%, also expect the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to scrap yield curve control at that meeting.

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group published its earnings for 2023. Underlying net interest income rose 5% to £13.76 billion. Operating costs also rose 5% to £9.1 billion. Rolls Royce says annual profit more than doubled last year. Operating profit came in at $1.94 billion.

Nestle's

Nestle's full-year organic sales missed expectations. They rose 7.2%. Analysts had on average expected organic sales growth of 7.4%. Nestle's net profit rose by about 20% to CHF11.2 billion.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz reports an adjusted return on sales in its car division of 12.6% for 2023, in line with its forecast. Group earnings before interest and taxes fell to €19.7 billion from €20.5 billion last year, despite a 2% rise in revenue.

NVIDIA

NVIDIA shares rose 6% in extended trading yesterday as the group smashed earnings, sales, and outlook expectations once again. Adjusted fourth-quarter earnings came in at $5.16 per share, compared with estimates of $4.61. NVIDIA reported fourth-quarter revenue of $22.1 billion, beating estimates of $20.55 billion. Sales growth accelerated at the data centre, the segment that comprises cloud and AI services. They grew by 409% to $18.4 billion, smashing estimates of $16.8 billion. Data centre revenue grew close to 280% in the previous quarter.

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