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AMD stock 5-month, 200% rally resumes after third analyst posts $40 price target

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. shares rose Friday, following a Thursday pullback from 12-year highs, as every other analyst slapped a $40 value goal at the inventory.

All year, AMD AMD, +7.35%  shares had been atmosphere fresh 12-year highs, emerging to ranges no longer noticed since 2006, when the inventory traded as high as $42.70 in March, handiest to crash right down to $16.90 by past due July of that year. On Thursday, the inventory traded as high as $34.14, a 6% acquire, however swung down midday to finish five.four% lower at $30.48. Friday morning, alternatively, shares rose 3.four% to $31.55.

Even with Thursday’s pullback, AMD shares are nonetheless up 15% for the week, in comparison to the PHLX Semiconductor Index’s SOX, +1.11% 1.2% acquire. AMD’s inventory value has been on an unheard of run during the last 99 trading days, rallying greater than 220%, and are up 201% for the year. That places AMD’s inventory run in the league with some of its perfect once a year stretches.

On Friday, Argus analyst Jim Kelleher hiked his value goal on AMD shares to $40 from $23. On Thursday, FBN Securities initiated an outperform score and a $40 value goal on AMD’s inventory. Shares closed above $30 for the primary time in more than 12 years Tuesday after Rosenblatt Securities analyst Hans Mosesmann hiked his value goal on AMD to $40 from $30.

On Thursday, AMD shares have been the most actively traded at the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% — a commonplace prevalence of past due — at quantity of greater than 301 million shares with the second-most actively traded inventory used to be Micron Technology Inc. MU, +1.56% with greater than 59 million shares converting palms. For the previous 52 weeks, AMD and Micron, on moderate, had been the third- and fourth-most lively traded shares at 66.2 million shares and 44.five million shares, respectively, at the S&P 500 index.

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Short positions in AMD’s inventory reached file ranges in April, and have since been decimated by the rally. And Thursday’s pullback introduced little comfort.

“Shorts are up $160 million in mark-to-market income [Thursday] on AMD’s over four% value pullback, however that barely places a dent in their $3.3 billion year-to-date mark-to-market loss,” Ihor Dusaniwsky, head of predictive analytics at monetary generation and analytics firm S3 Partners, informed MarketWatch in emailed comments.

Micron, alternatively, completed up four.five% at $43.62, following a punishing stretch that left the inventory down 2.eight% at the week despite Thursday’s acquire. Micron shares have been up 1.five% Friday.

The SOX index, which closed up 1.2% Thursday, tacked on every other 1.3% acquire Friday, whilst the S&P 500 rose not up to 0.1% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.05% received 0.2%. The SOX index, which had been up as much as 15% at the year, is now up 10% year to date, when compared with an eight.6% acquire in the S&P 500 and a 16.2% acquire for the Nasdaq.

Nvidia Corp. NVDA, +1.88%  shares, which closed up 1.2% Thursday after the chip maker announced new AI makes use of for its chips in accordance with its Turing structure, and have been up 2.four% Friday.

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Wallace Witkowski is a MarketWatch news editor in San Francisco. Follow him on Twitter @wmwitkowski.

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