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Artificial intelligence Gives Real Boost To US Stock Market

Artificial intelligence Gives Real Boost To US Stock Market


oi-Renu Baliyan


Recent advances in artificial intelligence are fueling optimism over how businesses can operate more productively in the years ahead. They are also providing a big boost to the stock market, according to a Reuters report.

The S&P 500’s (.SPX) 9% rally this year has been driven by a handful of the index’s biggest stocks, a number of which are at the center of the AI frenzy that has spread in the wake of the chatbot sensation ChatGPT.

Artificial intelligence Gives Real Boost To US Stock Market

Five stocks – Microsoft (MSFT.O), Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL.O), Nvidia (NVDA.O), Apple (AAPL.O) and Meta Platforms (META.O) – are responsible for the S&P 500’s entire year-to-date return, said Jessica Rabe, co-founder of DataTrek Research. About 25% to 50% of those gains are owed to “the buzz around artificial intelligence,” she noted.

A recent Societe Generale analysis zeroed in on 20 stocks widely owned by AI-related exchange-traded funds, whose overall assets under management have grown almost 40% this year, added the Reuters report.

Removing those stocks from the S&P 500 would reduce the index’s performance by roughly 10 percentage points, putting stocks in negative territory for the year, SocGen’s analysis showed.

“It’s the AI-driven stocks that are getting the strongest returns,” said Manish Kabra, head of US equity strategy at SocGen. “As a secular theme, for sure, it’s attractive.”

The rush of AI developments has analysts licking their lips at the profit potential stemming from new revenue opportunities and productivity improvements, Reuters reported.

Goldman Sachs strategists estimate that generative AI could create productivity gains that result in S&P 500 companies expanding profit margins by about 4 percentage points in a decade following widespread adoption.

Indeed, optimism over AI is a key factor supporting a stock market facing numerous headwinds. Those include uncertainty over the U.S. Congress coming to agreement to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a default, and worries the economy may be on the verge of a downturn, as the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes filter through the economy, as per the Reuters report.

Story first published: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 13:00 [IST]

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