NVIDIA Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of microchip designer NVIDIA (NAS: NVDA) jumped as much as 11.1% overnight on fairly heavy volume.

So what: In connection with the ongoing Citi technology conference, NVIDIA posted revenue and margin guidance for fiscal year 2013. Analysts were looking for sales in the $4.4 billion range, but the lower end of management's guidance sits at $4.7 billion.

Now what: As CEO Jen-Hsun Huang explained, "The future for computing is visual and mobile, and we are well positioned to lead in this new era." The graphics-chip market is hotly contested by Advanced Micro Devices (NYS: AMD) at every turn and the mobile space holds big-name rivals from QUALCOMM (NAS: QCOM) and Marvell Technology (NAS: MRVL) to Samsung and Texas Instruments (NYS: TXN) . However, NVIDIA seems to be holding its own in both markets at the moment.

Will the good times truly last all the way through 2013? I think it's way too early to tell. That said, NVIDIA shares are cheap nowadays with a PEG ratio well below the balanced 1.0 mark, so buying here is not much of a gamble.

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