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US Stock Futures Edge Lower After Tech Surge; Eyes on Inflation Data

Monday night, US stock futures saw a slight decline following a robust showing by major tech firms earlier in the day.

At 6:20 pm ET (11:20 pm GMT), Dow Jones Futures, S&P 500 Futures, and Nasdaq 100 Futures each dipped 0.1%.

In after-hours trading, Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE:JEF) witnessed a 3% drop. The financial services company reported Q4 earnings per share of $0.29, slightly surpassing the expected $0.27, while its revenues of $1.2 billion fell short of the projected $1.24 billion.

During Monday’s regular trading, the Dow climbed 216.9 points or 0.6% to 37,683, the S&P 500 rose 66.3 points or 1.4% to 4,763.6, and the Nasdaq Composite surged 319.7 points or 2.2% to 14,843.8.

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) hit a record high, soaring 6.4%. However, Boeing (NYSE:BA) faced a decline following news of its aircraft being temporarily grounded over the weekend.

Looking forward, investors are closely watching two crucial inflation reports this week for insights into the Federal Reserve’s potential rate adjustments. Thursday brings the release of the consumer price index for December, followed by the producer price index on Friday.

In the bond markets, the United States 10-Year yield held steady at 4.029%.

Nvidia Breaks Records with AI-Driven Graphics Launch, Stock Skyrockets 6.4%

Nvidia, listed as NASDAQ:NVDA, soared to unprecedented heights on Monday as the renowned chip giant unveiled its latest desktop graphics processors optimized for artificial intelligence (AI) utilization.

The stock surged by an impressive 6.4%, closing at an all-time high of $522.53 following the launch of the GeForce RTX 40 SUPER Series. These cutting-edge graphics processors are primarily tailored for gaming enthusiasts, showcasing Nvidia’s commitment to innovation in the gaming sector.

In anticipation of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia also introduced a range of additional AI-centric components and software, further solidifying its position as a key player in AI computing infrastructure.

Renowned as a top supplier of processors vital for AI computing, Nvidia experienced an astounding stock surge of over three times its value in 2023.

Traders engaged in a substantial volume of transactions, with Nvidia’s shares witnessing a turnover exceeding $32 billion throughout Monday’s session, securing its position as the most actively traded company on Wall Street based on LSEG data. Consequently, Nvidia’s market valuation now stands impressively close to $1.3 trillion.

The robust surge in Nvidia’s stock also propelled the PHLX semiconductor index by a significant 3.3%, highlighting the company’s influential role within the semiconductor industry.

The announcement of AI-oriented components further cements Nvidia’s position as a frontrunner in technological innovation, driving the stock to unprecedented heights and making significant waves in the chip market.

AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 XT: A Graphics Powerhouse for Gamers and Creators at $329

AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) unveils the Radeon RX 7600 XT, a game-changer in graphics processing units (GPUs) with a price tag of $329. This powerhouse isn’t just for gamers; it’s a boon for content creators too, aiming to carve its place firmly in the market.

What’s the buzz? This GPU rocks 16GB of GDDR6 memory, a twofold leap from its forerunner. Translation? Crispier textures and heavier workloads become a breeze. Clocking speeds sprint to 2.76 GHz, amping up processing power while keeping a cool 190W power draw.

AMD’s ace aims squarely at Nvidia’s RTX 2060 and RTX 4060 GPUs. Testing the waters, benchmarks sing praises of the Radeon RX 7600 XT, spotlighting its enhanced performance. It’s a sweet spot for users eyeing a blend of bang-for-buck performance.

Elegantly minimalistic, this GPU simplifies life with a solo 8-pin connector, making power demands hassle-free. And for the tech-aficionados? DisplayPort 2.1 compatibility ensures seamless pairing with the latest hi-res displays.

But here’s the pitch: AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 XT isn’t just another flashy toy. It’s tailored for the masses, dishing out more VRAM muscle and turbo-charged performance—a must for gamers diving into immersive worlds and creatives tackling demanding projects.

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