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The Pioneers of Profit: Stocks Set to Soar in the AI Era

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In recent times, investor fascination with generative AI has reached unprecedented levels. Companies pushing the boundaries in artificial intelligence (AI) technology and cloud-based services are witnessing an explosive surge.

With the stock market already basking in a bullish atmosphere, fueled by prospects of potential interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve later this year amidst a decline in overall inflation, the tech sector, particularly firms at the vanguard of AI innovation, is propelling market indices to even greater heights.

Here we spotlight a few companies at the forefront of AI technology that have not only experienced remarkable stock price appreciation but are also captivating growing investor interest, making them compelling investment opportunities.

Salesforce: Leading Innovation in the Cloud

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Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) is a cloud services trailblazer that offers in-depth insights into a company’s customer base, along with robust metrics like forecast sales growth, sales data, and enhanced workflow options via a suite of applications.

Similar to its counterparts such as Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:META), Salesforce recently declared an inaugural quarterly dividend of forty cents per share, underlining its robust financial standing.

With its share price jumping over 60% in the past year, driven by earnings that consistently outperform analyst expectations and the launch of new products like the Einstein Copilot leveraging AI for streamlining business communication, Salesforce remains a powerhouse.

In its Q4 fiscal year 2024 earnings report released on Feb. 28, Salesforce announced an 11% year-over-year revenue surge. The company executed share buybacks worth $1.7 billion in Q4, along with authorizing an additional $10 billion for repurchases.

Salesforce stands as a titan in the burgeoning generative AI and cloud computing sectors, offering investors a promising avenue for substantial and enduring growth.

ServiceNow: Automating the Future

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ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) specializes in automation for digital enterprises, leveraging tools such as robotic automation, AI, and cloud services to enhance workflow productivity.

In its Q4 full year 2023 earnings announcement on Jan. 24, ServiceNow revealed a 27% surge in subscriber revenue and almost doubled net income year over year.

On Mar. 18, ServiceNow disclosed plans to acquire 4Industry, a Netherlands-based application software firm and a ServiceNow partner, along with the EY Smart Daily Management Application to bolster its innovation capabilities.

With its share price climbing over 75% in the past year on the back of robust earnings results and enhanced automation, ServiceNow shines as a stock primed for future growth, showcasing sturdy fundamentals in a fiercely competitive landscape.

Advanced Micro Devices: Powering the Future with Semiconductors

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Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) stands as a premier semiconductor and processor manufacturer, renowned for products like AMD Ryzen, AMD Athlon, AMD Threadripper, and AMD Radeon, popularly used in data centers and gaming development.

Amidst the AI and cloud technology boom, AMD, akin to its semiconductor peers, has witnessed substantial growth, driven by an increased demand for chips in data centers and related applications.

In its Q4 full year 2023 earnings report released on Jan. 30, AMD reported a 10% uptick in total revenue year over year, with net income soaring from $21 million in Q4 2022 to $667 million in Q4 2023. Particularly noteworthy was the 38% uptick in data center revenue within the same period, alongside impressive earnings gains in gaming and client segments by 17% and 62%, respectively.

With its share price surging over 85% in the past year, AMD represents a solid choice for investors seeking a cost-effective alternative to Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), boasting significant growth potential.

As of now, Noah Bolton does not hold any positions in the securities discussed. The viewpoints expressed in this article are the author’s and adhere to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Noah boasts about a year of freelance writing under his belt, collaborating with Investopedia on various stock market and financial news topics.

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