AMD Vs. Nvidia: Which Chipmaker Is Poised To End 2021 With Better Returns?

AMD Vs. Nvidia: Which Chipmaker Is Poised To End 2021 With Better Returns?

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) are among the best performing large-cap tech stocks thus far this year. Laser-like focus on their product roadmap and efficient execution has been the recipe behind the rewards the companies are reaping.

Nvidia vs. AMD: How Year-To-Date Performance Stacks Up 

Nvidia has had a stellar run this year, thanks to across-the-board performances by all segments. The company's data center business has been the standout, and its gaming segment also contributed notably. With the stock market working on a forward-looking basis, investors have also discounted the potential metaverse offers for the company.

The Metaverse could present Nvidia with a $10 billion incremental market opportunity over the next five years, Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said in an early November note. The company views the Omniverse as a key pillar of future growth for both its AI and HPC strategies, he added.

After going through a broad consolidation move until May, the rally in Nvidia shares picked up in the second-half of the year. Nvidia implemented a 4:1 stock split on July 20.

The slope of the rally has been steepening since early October. Into November, the stock gained 77.7%. AMD shares followed a similar trajectory, but the rate of advance has been slower than that of Nvidia. AMD's shares have gained 64.8% from October to November.

AMD, meanwhile, managed to wrest customers away from rival Intel Corporation (INTC) and increase its market share in the server and PC markets. The company announced in early November that Meta Platforms, Inc. (FB) will begin using AMD chips in its data centers. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) will also use EPYC processors for its Azure cloud service.

How December Will Pan Out For Nvidia, AMD

The year-end typically brings in the Santa Claus rally, which lifts markets. Optimism over the upcoming new year, holiday spending, and the squaring up of books by institutions are among the reasons attributed to the rally, which typically materializes in the final couple of weeks of the year.

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