Thursday’s analyst calls: Top bank stocks for 2024, what the Street is saying about AMD’s new chip

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(This is CNBC Pro’s live coverage of Thursday’s analyst calls and Wall Street chatter. Please refresh every 20-30 minutes to view the latest posts.) Bank stocks and a major chipmaker were in focus Thursday. KBW named Goldman Sachs, Truist and KeyCorp as its top bank plays for the new year. Meanwhile, analysts around Wall Street reacted to AMD unveiling the Instinct MI300X, a chip aimed at competing with Nvidia’s artificial intelligence semiconductors. Check out the latest calls and chatter below. 5:51 a.m. ET: What some analysts are saying after AMD’s AI event Major banks stuck by their ratings following Advanced Micro Devices’ December AI event. During the event, the semiconductor company showcased different opportunities in the AI space, as well as provided updates to their specific technologies and products, including the Instinct MI300X chip — which is aimed at competing with Nvidia’s AI semiconductor offerings. JPMorgan, Citi, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank all stood by their ratings for the stock, which respectively were neutral, buy, overweight and hold. “We believe that today’s event highlighted how AMD remains extremely well positioned to take advantage of the rapidly expanding AI TAM, as they continue to stack up customer partnerships and roll out products with impressive (and extremely competitive) performance metrics,” wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Seymore, who expects Advanced Micro Devices to lead the data center accelerator market alongside Nvidia. However, the analyst maintains his hold rating on this stock until cyclical headwinds lessen or the valuation levels become more attractive. While the event was overall positive, Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore wrote that it “did not break any new ground.” Moore’s price target of $128 corresponds to a 9.8% upside for the stock. At $110, Deutsche’s Seymore has the most conservative price target, implying a downside of 5.8%. JPMorgan’s December 2024 price target of $115 similarly sees a 1.6% decrease for the stock. On the other hand, Citi’s $136 target price sees the stock rallying 16% from here. — Lisa Kailai Han 5:51 a.m. ET: KBW names its top bank picks for 2024, including Goldman Sachs KBW highlighted Goldman Sachs , Truist and KeyCorp as its top large-cap banks heading into 2024, citing a slew of bullish drivers. The firm likes Goldman “given the backdrop is becoming more favorable for capital markets in 2024 due to declining pressures on interest rates,” analyst Christopher McGratty wrote. He also pointed to improving investment banking activity as a source of gains for the bank. As for Truist and KeyCorp, McGratty sees them benefiting from “significant” tangible book value growth and high return on average tangible common equity. The former should also capitalize on a rebound in capital markets. KBW has a outperform ratings on the three banks. Here’s where it sees each stock going from here: Goldman Sachs: Price target of $400, which implies 17% upside Truist: Price target of $36, implying 9% upside KeyCorp: Price target of $15, pointing to 15.7% gains from Wednesday’s close Banks overall have struggled in 2023, with the Invesco KBW Bank ETF (KBWB) losing 13%. Goldman is down marginally for the year, while Truist and KeyCorp lost more than 20% each. KBWB YTD mountain KBWB in 2023 — Fred Imbert

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