Nvidia splits sky-high shares 10-for-1

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Nvidia’s 10-for-1 stock split, in effect, gave investors nine additional shares for every one that they already own.

The shares declined slightly after the market open on Monday but ended the day up 90 cents, or 0.75%, to close at $121.79.

Nvidia’s share price has more than doubled this year after more than tripling in 2023 and it’s now the third most valuable company in the S&P 500. The meteoric ride allowed Nvidia to briefly surpass Apple last week as the second most valuable company in the U.S. Nvidia surpassed $3 trillion in market value.

The chipmaker has seen soaring demand for its semiconductors, which are used to power artificial intelligence applications. The company’s revenue more than tripled in the latest quarter from the same period a year earlier.

Nvidia, which has positioned itself as one of the most prominent players in AI, has been producing some eye-popping numbers.

Nvidia’s total market value as of Wednesday was $3.011 trillion. Earlier this year, it passed Amazon and Alphabet to become the third most valuable public company, behind Microsoft ($3.168 trillion) and Apple ($3.029 trillion). The company was valued at around $418 billion two years ago.

Nvidia’s market value jumped by $147 billion in regular trading last Wednesday.

The company’s 10-for-1 stock split went into effect at the close of trading on Friday. The move gives each investor nine additional shares for every share they already own.

Companies often conduct stock splits to make their shares more affordable for investors. Nvidia’s stock closed Wednesday at $1,224.40 and it was just one of 11 companies in the S&P 500 that had a share price north of $1,000.

Revenue for Nvidia’s most recent fiscal quarter was $26 billion, more than triple the $7.2 billion it reported in the same period a year ago. Wall Street expects Nvidia to bring in revenue of $117 billion in fiscal 2025, which would be close to double its revenue in 2024 and more than four times its receipts the year before that.

Nvidia’s estimated net margin is 53.4%, the percentage of revenue that gets turned in profit. Looked at another way, about 53 cents of every $1 in revenue Nvidia took in last year went to its bottom line. By comparison, Apple’s net margin was 26.3% in its most recent quarter and Microsoft’s was 36.4%. Both those companies have significantly higher revenue than Nvidia, however.