AMD: Time to Find the Bottom

By Dmitriy Gurkovsky, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

With the crypto hype nearly over, it’s time to see what’s happening with graphic board manufacturers. When demand boomed, their earnings burst, and so did the stock prices. Currently, however, the demand is down, and this is clearly seen in the earnings reports. While previously the earnings reached rather high numbers, they are bound to start shrinking now. What is important here is whether the management at such companies used the large capital inflows to take the companies’ performance to the next level.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at Advanced Micro Devices, known as AMD. We could also consider Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), but its stock is seven times more expensive than AMD’s, which means it is much less available to the retail investors.

AMD earnings had risen by 2,200% when the crypto boom was at large, while Nvidia added 1,500% to its value. At the same time, when AMD shares were at the low, they cost around $1.50, which was quite alright for retail traders, while Nvidia shares were 15 times higher.

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) is a major GPU and chip set manufacturer. The company hasn’t had any production facilities of its own since 2009, and uses other companies’ facilities. Among AMD’s partners, one may mention Acer, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, NEC, Nokia, Siemens, and Sony.

The major competition of AMD is Nvidia. In 2010, AMD was better than Nvidia, when its market share amounted to 51%. It was actually in 2010 when the first Bitcoin transaction was made. This was the jump start for the cryptos and, eventually, for mining devices.

By 2018, the crypto market cap reached its high at $840B, followed by the fall that has so far reached $119B. This caused a high demand for used GPUs, while the demand for new devices fell; this eventually led to the falling AMD sales. Investors booked their profits, and AMD shares fell, too. The earnings will continue going down, and the company will have to distract the investors from this.

The forecast for earnings in the coming quarter is not positive either, which means the stock has not reached its bottom yet.

AMD: What Happened Recently

In October, the Q3 report came in, with both the earnings and the ROI rising YoY. The operational profit went up to $150M, while the net profit rose by 70% to reach $102B. However, even with the earnings rising (mostly due to the CPU sales), the stock went down by 22% just because GPU sales shrank. When this happened, Deutsche Bank, Mizuho, and Morgan Stanley cut their forecasts regarding AMD share price.

In November, AMD partnered with Amazon to supply Epic CPUs for Amazon data centers. This pushed the price by 9% in the short term. Another price spike happened in December, when the 90-day ‘cease-fire’ was achieved in Sino-US trade wars; this was perceived as positive news for tech companies, and, in particular, pushed the AMD price by 7.50% upwards.

After that, the rise was over, and the shares were falling for 20 days in a row. The last hope was the Radeon IIV GPU release, which was presented at the CES expo on January 9, 2019. The stock started to recover but then went down abruptly.

This whipsaw may continue for long. What one may do is pay attention to the next quarter forecasts and do the tech analysis, while also watching the current and past events.

As such, some figures may show AMD’s strong points.

Thus, the equity ROI is 28.44%, with the overall industry number being at 11.84%; the profit margin is 5.05% versus 2.06%. On Dec 20, 2018, AMD was added into NASDAQ 100. Every year, the amount of data to process is increasing, while making the CPUs and GPUs smaller gets more and more difficult. This is likely to increase the demand, and, subsequently, increase AMD earnings, too.

On the dark side, AMD is not currently paying any dividends, while the P/E is 49.50 versus the 14.85 industry average, which means the company is well overpriced. The forecasts for the next quarter earnings are negative, which may put the AMD shares under pressure, too.

Thus, AMD shares may shrink in the short term, but in the longer term, they look quite attractive for investment. In order to understand where the price is going to ‘take off’, one should use tech analysis.

On W1, the price is above the 200-day SMA, which means there is an ascending trend. Fundamentally, however, the price may get lower, perhaps finding its support at the 200-day SMA.

The secondary support levels are at $10 and $15. $15, the nearest one, is very likely to get broken down, as it is quite far from the SMA. If the sellers get more active, the price may head further lower to reach and even break out $10. However, the odds are that the breakout will not continue for long, and a recovery will follow immediately. Thus, $10 may be considered a good level for taking long positions.

On D1, $22 is a currently strong level. In case it does not get broken out soon, it may become then a starting point for the price to start heading towards $10.


Any predictions contained herein are based on the authors’ particular opinion. This analysis shall not be treated as trading advice. RoboMarkets shall not be held liable for the results of the trades arising from relying upon trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

Having majored in both Social Psychology and Economics, I went on to continue my education in post graduate. Later I worked as a team lead of a tech and fundamental analysis lab in the Applied System Analysis Research Institute. This helped me to acquire all necessary skills and experience to become a successful trader and analyst, as well as a portfolio manager in an investment company. I'm a pro in the financial field and the author of articles for various international media. I also hold the position of Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets.