Second-quarter net income at NVIDIA increased 1,362% to $74.8 million, or $0.41 per share. While those earnings exceeded Wall Street's expectations, revenues fell short of analysts' projections, increasing 26% to $574.8 million. The company attributed the improved quarter to increased sales and cost controls. To say the least, it's not too shabby for a company that previously said it expected the quarter to come in flat to slightly up.
NVIDIA is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick, and its chips have found their way into many of today's hottest gadgets. The company's signature graphics and digital media processors power such applications as video game consoles (think Sony's
While NVIDIA may seem to have the advantage in its flourishing sector, there's still steep competition for its customer base. Archrival ATI Technologies
Not surprisingly, NVIDIA shares have risen after the surprise victory it shared on Thursday. As long as it can keep competition at bay and continue to provide the chips that propel next-generation applications, its forward P/E of 19 might not look too terribly pricey. For now, at least, NVIDIA seems to be in the right place at the right time.
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