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1. Nvidia Earnings in Spotlight The key focus for investors today is the eagerly anticipated earnings report from semiconductor leader Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), se

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Nvidia Earnings in Spotlight as Investors Await Key Fed Minutes

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1. Nvidia Earnings in Spotlight The key focus for investors today is the eagerly anticipated earnings report from semiconductor leader Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), set to be released after the market close on Wednesday. Nvidia's performance is widely regarded as a key indicator for the burgeoning artificial intelligence (AI) industry.

Investor enthusiasm for AI has propelled the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index close to its all-time high, with the index up over 12% year-to-date. Nvidia's earnings report is expected to influence the share prices of other AI-related companies, including Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ: SMCI), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD), Arm Holdings (NASDAQ: ARM), and Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR). Additionally, given Nvidia's status as the third-largest U.S. company by market value, trailing only Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), its earnings are likely to have a significant impact on broader markets.

Robust earnings from Nvidia could help justify the elevated valuations seen in the stock market in recent months. Analysts at Rosenblatt expressed optimism, stating in a note dated May 20, "We expect NVIDIA to beat and raise in the April quarter, albeit not reaching the levels of the January quarter, due to improved supply and anticipated year-over-year deceleration from tougher comparisons." They added, "We expect volatility into this week's print but are nonetheless positively biased on a story that is increasingly resonating with the best secular idea in all of technology."

2. Fed Minutes to Offer Interest Rate Clues The minutes from the Federal Open Markets Committee's most recent meeting are due to be released later today. Investors will closely analyze these minutes for clues regarding the timing and extent of policy easing this year.

Last week's cooler-than-expected U.S. CPI release has alleviated some concerns about the Federal Reserve maintaining higher interest rates for an extended period. However, this CPI release followed the Fed meeting that these minutes represent.

Fed officials have continued to highlight inflation risks, creating uncertainty about when the Fed might start cutting rates this year, if at all. Fed Governor Christopher Waller commented on Tuesday that recent economic data indicates the Fed's restrictive policy is working as intended. Atlanta Fed Chair Raphael Bostic also emphasized the need for caution ahead of the first rate cut, to prevent pent-up spending from causing inflation to "bounce around."

3. Futures Little Changed Ahead of Fed Minutes U.S. stock futures traded largely unchanged on Wednesday, reflecting caution ahead of the release of the Federal Reserve's last meeting minutes and Nvidia's earnings report.

As of 04:05 ET (08:05 GMT), Dow futures were down 13 points, or 0.1%, S&P 500 futures dropped 2 points, or 0.1%, and Nasdaq 100 futures rose by 6 points, or 0.1%.

The main Wall Street indices closed higher on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite both registering new record-setting closes.


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