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Earnings Outlook: Nvidia earnings: Can hottest stock of 2016 find another gear?

Nvidia Corp. had a ridiculous 2016, bringing in more profit in the first nine months than it did in all of 2015, and it is expected to add record holiday-quarter sales after the market closes Thursday. As an encore, Nvidia will simply attempt to become a major supplier to the automotive sector, a name brand in more homes and a company worth the largest stock gain of 2016.

Nvidia NVDA, -0.44% was an in-the-shadows high-end videogame-gear specialist that survived the dot-com crash and recession with what many believed to be a niche business. It became the best-performing S&P 500 SPX, +0.07% stock of 2016 thanks to a breakthrough in deep learning that has immediate applications in self-driving cars and data centers, two revenue segments that didn’t exist for Nvidia before 2016 yet could hit annual revenue of $1.3 billion.

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