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Coffee With Greta: Waiting For NVDA’s AI Conference


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Good morning friends!

Futures are higher as traders look ahead to Nvidia’s AI conference today and await this week’s Fed decision.

Let’s get right to it!

Nvidia Rises Ahead Of GTC Conference

Nvidia (NVDA) shares are up 2.7% ahead of the open as traders await the start of the company’s GTC conference later today. 

The annual conference begins at 4:00 p.m. ET with a keynote speech by Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang.

He’s expected to detail the company’s plans for the year ahead, especially in the AI space. 

In years past, Nvidia unveiled new GPUs at this conference. 

The company is widely expected to announce successors to its current AI GPUs today,.

More than 300 speakers and companies are part of the event which runs through Wednesday.

SMCI Joins S&P 500

Super Micro Computer (SMCI) shares are rising 2.6% in premarket trade as the stock is set to join the S&P 500. 

As of the open, SMCI shares will begin trading as part of the blue-chip index.

SMCI is up nearly 300% year to date, riding the AI wave fueled by Nvidia. 

The company is a key supplier of servers for AI apps that work with Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) chips. 

SMCI joins the S&P with a $60 billion market cap and is trading at a PE ratio of 40. 

Fed Week

Traders are awaiting this week’s Fed decision on Wednesday. 

The central bank kicks off its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday with the rate decision released at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Chairman Jerome Powell’s press conference at 2:30 p.m.

The Fed is not expected to change rates this week but focus will be on the updated Summary of Economic Projections. 

That summary, also known as the dot plot, shows where Fed officials expect rates to be over the next few years. 

The last dot plot in December showed officials expecting three rate cuts this year but hotter than expected inflation and labor market data since then may have changed their expectations. 

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