Nvidia stock market value smashes Wall Street's biggest one-day gain record with $277bn gain

Nvidia's stock value rises 16.4% to close at $785.38, taking its overall market capitalisation to $1.96 trillion
The image displays Nvidia logo. — Unsplash/file
The image displays Nvidia logo. — Unsplash/file

Nvidia's stock market value rose sharply with a record gain of $277 billion, smashing Wall Street's record of largest one-day gain.

The market registered a skyrocketing jump after the chipmaker giant's quarterly report was brought to light on Thursday, which noted results above the expectations, leading to an upswing in the ever-increasing optimism around artificial intelligence (AI). 

Nvidia's stock value jumped 16.4% to close at $785.38, taking its overall market capitalisation to $1.96 trillion after its January-quarter report reflected on the rising demand of its AI focused chips — utilised in AI computing — rising beyond analysts' high expectations.

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What further fueled the worldwide rally in technology-related stocks was results of the Santa Clara, a California-based company, which increased the S&P 500,Europe's STOXX 60, and Japan's Nikkei share average to record highs.

On Thursday, traders traded $65 billion worth of Nvidia's shares, which represented nearly 20% of all trading in S&P 500 stocks. Nvidia's single-day surge in stock market value set a new record on Wall Street, surpassing Meta Platforms' $196 billion gain on February 2, 2024. 

This increase exceeded the total value of Coca-Cola at $265 billion. As a result, Nvidia became the third-most valuable company in the US stock market, overtaking Amazon.com and Alphabet. Microsoft and Apple remain the top two most valuable companies on Wall Street, with valuations of $3.06 trillion and $2.85 trillion, respectively. 

Nvidia's stock has risen by 58% in 2024, contributing over a quarter of the S&P 500's year-to-date increase. This makes Nvidia's performance important not only for its shareholders but also for those having index funds in retirement savings accounts. 

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