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Financial Markets                      02/22 15:52


   NEW YORK (AP) -- Nvidia's stock price surged after delivering another 
blowout quarter, setting off a rally in other technology companies that carried 
Wall Street to another record high. The chipmaker, a central player in the boom 
surrounding artificial intelligence technology, reported scorching demand for 
its semiconductors. The S&P 500 rose 2.1% Thursday to another all-time high. 
The Nasdaq added 3%. The Dow, which has a smaller weighting in tech stocks, 
rose 1.1%, marking its first close above 39,000. Nvidia's stock price rose more 
than 16%, leading gains among tech companies. Treasury yields held relatively 
steady. Japan's Nikkei 225 surged to an all-time high.

   THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story follows below.

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Nvidia sparked a rally on Wall Street Thursday after the AI 
chipmaker reported another blowout quarter.

   The S&P 500 rose 2% in afternoon trading. The big gain puts the benchmark 
index on track for another record high while pushing it higher for the week 
after two lackluster days.

   The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 398 points, or 1%, to 39,011 as of 
1:54 p.m. Eastern. The tech-heavy Nasdaq jumped 2.9%.

   Nividia surged 15.2% after reporting that its revenue and profit soared in 
the latest quarter thanks to booming demand for its chips used for artificial 
intelligence. The stock has tripled over the past year thanks to a surge in 
investor enthusiasm over artificial intelligence.

   Synopsis, which makes software used to test and develop chips, rose 7.1% 
after raising its profit forecast.

   Other chipmakers and companies involved in the chipmaking industry gained 
ground. Advanced Micro Devices rose 11.4% and Lam Research rose 4.8%.

   Overnight, Japan's Nikkei 225 surged to an all-time high. Record gains in 
corporate earnings have enhanced the appeal of shares in Japanese companies, 
along with the weakness of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar.

   Markets in Asia and Europe gained ground.

   Bond yields were relatively steady. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose 
to 4.34% from 4.32% late Wednesday.

   On the losing end, electric truck and SUV maker Rivian tumbled 26.1% after 
it reported another loss and issued a weaker-than-expected production outlook. 
Lucid, another electric vehicle manufacturer, slid 16.1% after it missed Wall 
Street sales forecast and also gave a weaker production estimate than analysts 
had called for.

   Online craft marketplace Etsy fell 8.5% after it missed Wall Street's profit 
forecast by a wide margin.

   Technology stocks have been the driving force behind the market's rally that 
started in October. Solid earnings from some of the biggest names in the sector 
are helping justify and reinforce those big gains.

   "Investors are still wondering, will the market top out or broaden out," 
said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. "As of now, investors 
are basically saying I'm going to let this market take me where it wants to go, 
and right now that's higher."

   Wall Street expects just under 4% growth for earnings in the overall S&P 500 
during the fourth quarter. The communication services sector, which includes 
Google's parent Alphabet, is expected to report 45% growth. Information 
technology companies, which include Nvidia, are expected to notch 22% growth.

   "The near-term momentum in AI-related stocks is likely to continue," said 
Solita Marcelli, chief investment officer for the Americas at UBS Global Wealth 

   Nearly 90% of companies in the S&P 500 have reported earnings. There are 
still a few big names on deck this week. Online travel giant Booking Holdings 
and TurboTax maker Intuit will report later Thursday.

   Wall Street's focus on earnings this week follows economic data from the 
previous week that prompted a stumble in the market. Inflation data came in 
hotter than Wall Street expected, while retail sales fell more than 
anticipated. That raised concerns about the timing of hoped-for interest rate 
cuts from the Federal Reserve.

   Wall Street is now betting that the central bank will start trimming its 
benchmark rate in June, rather than March.

   Investors could get more clarity on inflation next week when the government 
releases its monthly report on personal consumption and expenditures. It's the 
Fed's preferred measure of inflation as it tries to tame inflation back to 2%. 
Analysts expect that report to show inflation cooled to 2.3% in January. It 
peaked at 7.1% in June of 2022.


   Business writers Elaine Kurtenbach and Matt Ott contributed.



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