Technology stocks

NVIDIA and the revaluation of technology stocks. Plus, the best Canadian equity ETFs and why some are tiptoeing back to bonds

Semiconductor maker NVIDIA Corp. was named the “world’s smartest company” by MIT Technology magazine in 2017, and while I rarely discuss individual stocks, I wrote a full column about the company shortly after. I don’t own the stock, but wish I did, until recently.

From July 2017, when I wrote the column, through November 11, 2021, NVIDIA stock jumped 721%, or an annualized return of 62.1%. It has since fallen 27% since, thanks in part to this week when shareholders suffered a 7.6% drop (through Thursday’s close).

NVIDIA remains in a unique position to benefit from the fastest growing trends in the digital economy. Its graphics processing units (GPUs) are dominant in the gaming industry, as well as automotive (especially for self-driving cars that must anticipate danger with cameras), cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and technology. machine learning.

This week’s selloff was caused by an earnings report that saw NVIDIA’s gross profit margin stagnate at 66.5%. The stock was hit hard despite a 53% year-over-year sales increase. Earnings exceeded estimates by 8%.

Over the past three years, earnings growth has averaged 48% per year and consensus estimates point to continued earnings growth above 40%.

Why is a stock with such a strong growth profile down nearly 30% from its highs? We may be seeing a broad reassessment of the tech sector – related companies will continue to grow, but will be less valued by the market.

It seems ethically inconvenient to acknowledge this, but tech stocks have largely benefited from the pandemic. With much of the economy stalled due to quarantine, the number of companies with strong enough earnings growth to attract investors has dwindled.

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The price-to-earnings ratio of the MSCI World Information Technology Index has risen from 23.7 times at the end of March 2020 to more than 40 times in 2021, as investments have accumulated. NVIDIA’s price-to-earnings ratio has grown from 66 times earnings at the end of March 2020 to over 100 times earnings by the end of 2021.

New, more economically sensitive market leadership has emerged since November 2021. The S&P 500 energy sector outperformed NVIDIA by more than 50 percentage points, gold mining outperformed by 47 points percentage and the agricultural products sector beat it by 43 percentage points.

The new flagship sectors retain much more attractive valuations than technology stocks. The PE ratio of the global technology index is now 31.2 times and that of NVIDIA is 62 times. For US energy stocks, it’s 17.0 times, and gold and agricultural stocks are trading at PEs of 21.0 and 15.4 times, respectively.

I’m not saying NVIDIA’s stock price will drop significantly here – growth prospects remain impressive. But while the pace of economic reopening from COVID is uneven, there is no doubt that more sectors beyond technology are now in a position to generate sales profit growth. Tech stocks are expensive in terms of valuation, while cyclical sectors are much more attractive, paving the way for more assets from investors shifting away from tech to sectors that are now leading performance stock markets.

— Scott Barlow, Globe and Mail Market Strategist

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