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Andrew Left Shorts Nvidia Ahead Of Earnings Release

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NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is an undeniably hot stock. It hit an all-time high of $174.56 Aug. 8, and it’s trading up 183.6 percent from last year and 55.4 percent from the start of 2017.

But short seller Andrew Left thinks the time has come for a tumble. The Citron Research analyst bet against Nvidia ahead of the firm’s Thursday earnings report, according to CNBC.

“This stock has run way too far, too fast,” he said.

Update: Nvidia posted a big earnings beat after the close, but the stock fell more than 5 percent in after-hours trading.

In June, Left advised Nvidia investors to shift their funds to Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), which promises equally “sexy” but less risky exposure to trends around artificial intelligence, datacenters and autonomous driving. He predicted the stock would fall to $130, but values have since barely dipped below $140.

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Left’s perspective counters that of other analysts and industry experts, who profess faith in Nvidia’s model. Loup Ventures Managing Partner Gene Munster, for example, said it will be “difficult to displace them” as a chip supplier for autonomous vehicle manufacturing.

“I think of them as Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) in 1985, and even though they have had a big run, to play a 10- or 20-year kind of a theme,” Munster said in June, shortly after Left issued his initial thesis.

Left, too, once appreciated Nvidia and predicted its rise, but he now considers the “great company” a “casino stock.”

At the time of publication, Nvidia was trading around $165.36, down nearly 4 percent on the day.

Latest Ratings for NVDA

DateFirmActionFromTo
Oct 2017BarclaysMaintainsEqual-Weight
Sep 2017Bank of AmericaMaintainsBuy
Aug 2017Canaccord GenuityMaintainsBuy

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