by Louis Navellier

February 27, 2024

In the fourth quarter, NVidia’s sales surged by 265.3% to $22.1 billion, compared to $6.05 billion in the same quarter a year ago. The company’s earnings soared by 771.6% to $12.29 billion compared with just $1.41 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022. Excluding extraordinary items, NVidia’s operating earnings reached $4.93 per share. The analyst community was expecting sales of $20.4 billion and operating earnings of $4.20 per share, so the company posted an 8.3% sales surprise and a 17.4% earnings surprise.

NVidia also raised its first-quarter sales guidance to $24 billion, substantially higher than the analysts’ consensus estimate of $20.4 billion. Founder and CEO Jensen Huang said, “Accelerated computing and generative AI has hit the tipping point.” Huang added that, “Demand is surging worldwide across companies, industries and nations.”  In other words, Huang and NVidia are taking over the world!

Google laid off 12,000 workers, despite a record $20.4 billion in fourth-quarter earnings, and AI is being blamed for these layoffs. There is a growing apprehension that the push towards automation and AI could eventually lead to further job replacements, adding to worker anxiety​​. Ironically, what is happening at Google is called “productivity growth,” since Google is boosting its earnings with fewer employees.

Speaking of productivity, Wal-Mart reported same-store quarterly sales growth of 4%, significantly higher than analysts’ consensus expectation of 3.1%. The retailer also beat earnings estimates and raised its guidance for fiscal 2025. For all of fiscal 2025, Wal-Mart is expecting 3% to 4% sales growth, so the good news is that the U.S. consumer is not dead, despite a dismal -0.8% decline in January retail sales.

Business Insider featured an article about Jeremy Grantham, a perpetual market bear, listing 14 of his quotes on why both real estate and the stock market are overvalued. Grantham’s latest quotes belittle Artificial Intelligence, AI chips and ChatGPT, despite their explosive sales growth. Frankly, being perpetually depressed is not healthy, so I hope Jeremy Grantham gets some professional help, since he has been a permanent buzzkill in every interview that I have seen. Maybe Business Insider can interview Nouriel Roubini next, to find a bearish analyst that at least does not belittle technological advancement.

Updates from War Fronts in the Middle East and Ukraine

Turning to the war fronts, two major natural gas pipelines in Iran were attacked in multiple locations and those attacks knocked out about 15% of that country’s natural gas production. These attacks disrupted heating in many Iranian provinces. If these attacks persist, crude oil and natural gas prices will likely rise.

It looks like President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s are not communicating, since Netanyahu is ignoring Biden’s call for a prisoner exchange and cease-fire. Israel is now in the process of clearing out Hamas in the Egyptian border town of Rafah. Although U.S. military aid to Israel continues, most other aid to Israel has been postponed, since Congress is on recess for a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, the U.S. circulated a draft of a resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for a temporary cease-fire in Gaza “as soon as possible.”  Previously, the Biden Administration had rejected any resolution that called for any cease-fire. Complicating matters further, the U.S. vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that was drafted by Algeria calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The U.S. said it vetoed the U.N. resolution, since it would disrupt ongoing hostage negotiations.

The G-20 finance ministers met last Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, prior to this meeting, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva compared Israel’s war with Hamas with Hitler’s extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. Brazil and several other Latin American countries have pulled their ambassadors from Israel. Clearly, the Middle East conflict will not be solved by the G-20 finance ministers, but these deep divisions will persist and likely threaten unity at the November G-20 meeting.

The Ukrainian war just entered its third year, as U.S. aid remains a contentious subject due to the 177 Ukrainian generals living in Spain in luxury villas, amid evidence of graft. The fact that aid to Ukraine lacks any accounting credibility remains a sore subject with many in Congress. Furthermore, the 14+ million people that have fled Ukraine are not expected to return, so the future of Ukraine is uncertain.

The recent fall of the town of Avdiivka to Russian troops also indicates that Ukraine’s defense efforts are breaking down. Obviously, this war is a human tragedy, with an estimated 650,000 troops and civilians killed, so both Russia and Ukraine are big losers. President Biden is now blaming Congress for this latest Ukrainian defeat due to a lack of military aid, despite refusing for so long to meet with House leadership.

In an abrupt about face, President Biden last week said he is now willing to meet with House Speaker Mike Johnson to discuss an emergency funding package for Israel and Ukraine. While on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, President Biden said, “I’d be happy to meet with him… if he has anything to say.”

The softening support for Ukraine in the U.S. Congress and in many European countries has President Volodymyr Zelensky alarmed, so he is doing a full court press for more aid. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is next to meet with President Zelensky in Ukraine and is striving to satisfy his Congressional colleagues that the graft and other problems with Ukrainian aid can be resolved.

Another big casualty of the war between Russia and Ukraine is agriculture. Not only has the Ukrainian wheat harvest been decimated, but there is now an acute shortage of Russian fertilizer, so crop yields around the world are in decline. Only in Canada and the U.S., where fertilizer is plentiful, are crop yields largely unaffected. A drought in Italy and other European countries also threatens crop yields. As a result, food prices may remain elevated until Ukraine can return to being a breadbasket for much of the world.

Houthi rebels in Yemen are now experimenting with drones in the Red Sea. If Iran supplies the Houthi rebels with sea drones, the U.S. Navy and many merchant ships could be at severe risk. In fact, a dry bulk cargo ship, the Rubymar, which was transporting cargo from the UAE to Bulgaria, was recently sunk after two Houthi missile attacks, so the fighting in the Middle East persists and is entering a dangerous stage.

An Early Spring (and Supply Concerns) Boost Energy Prices

An early spring seems to have arrived in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, so the demand for crude oil and refined products may soon expand. As a result, crude oil demand is steadily rising. Brent crude oil prices are now over $80 per barrel and WTI crude oil prices are also on the verge of reaching $80 per barrel. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. refineries are only operating at an 80.6% capacity, as many refineries were shut down for seasonal maintenance, as well as a reformulation shift to summer fuels. As a result, prices at the pump are expected to remain high.

I should add that natural gas prices are now nearing a three-decade low, since this winter has been warmer than normal, so LNG exports are necessary to boost natural gas demand. Since the Biden Administration prohibited new LNG expansion, the energy sector is very upset. However, a new Trump Administration would almost certainly reverse Biden’s LNG expansion ban and further boost U.S. energy exports.

Shell is forecasting that LNG demand will surge 50% by 2040 as the world transitions to cleaner fossil fuels. Specifically, Shell said, “The global LNG market will continue growing into the 2040s, mostly driven by China’s industrial decarbonization and strengthening demand in other Asian countries.”

I still find it very odd that the Biden Administration is trying to impede a booming U.S. industry that is helping to lower worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.  The U.S. war against natural gas appliances is also very perplexing and would likely be stopped if America votes in a new Trump Administration.

If the U.S. ban on LNG expansion is not lifted, Guyana might be where U.S. energy companies look next to expand LNG exploration. Guyana President, Irfanne Ali, called for the “immediate” development of the country’s natural gas resources. Specifically, Ali said, “The time to develop our gas is now” and added, “There’s an immediate window of opportunity between now and the end of the decade to monetize and maximize” Guyana’s natural gas resources. Currently, Exxon-Mobil is injecting most of Guyana’s natural gas back into crude oil reservoirs as a waste product, which is cleaner than flaring the natural gas.

Bloomberg posted an excellent article on Wednesday, titled, “Biden’s EV Dreams Are a Nightmare for Tesla and the U.S. Car Industry.”  In this article, there is a chart illustrating “Tesla’s Buying Spree” of battery imports from China. Not only is Tesla utilizing CATL’s LFG batteries, but it is also using BYD’s blade battery technology in the Model Y it makes in Berlin. So, it looks like the goal of on-shoring battery manufacturing in the U.S. was a Biden pipe dream, since the Big 3 all cancelled their new battery plants with partners from China and South Korea, due to a lack of demand as well as a battery glut in China.

The Biden Administration’s efforts to onshore chip manufacturing is proceeding better than its EV battery push, as the big Taiwan Semiconductor plant in Arizona is scheduled to open in 2025. One major glitch is that the neon used in lasers to make semiconductors has mostly come from Ukraine and Russia. Since Ukrainian production is offline and Russia is subject to sanctions, new neon supplies must be developed.

Navellier & Associates owns NVidia Corp (NVDA), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Walmart Inc (WMT), Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL), and Shell Plc Sponsored ADR (SHEL) in managed accounts, and a few clients hold Tesla (TSLA), and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR (TSM), per client request in managed accounts. Louis Navellier and his family own NVidia Corp (NVDA), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), and Shell Plc Sponsored ADR (SHEL) via a Navellier managed account, and NVidia Corp (NVDA), in a personal account. He does not own Walmart Inc (WMT), Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR (TSM), or Tesla (TSLA) personally.

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