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Why Top Funds Are Flocking to This Non-Mag 7 AI Titan Instead of Tesla

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While Tesla’s stock has stalled, an unlikely tech titan is capturing the attention of the world’s savviest investors – semiconductor giant Broadcom. The artificial intelligence boom is shaking up the ranks of Wall Street’s most coveted companies, with the semiconductor supplier muscling its way into elite territory typically dominated by big tech’s brightest stars.

Funds Gorge on Broadcom’s AI Prospects As artificial intelligence rewrites the rules of the technology world, the smart money on Wall Street is pouring into Broadcom. In the latest quarterly filings, the world’s best performing mutual funds went on a buying spree, scooping up over $1.9 billion worth of Broadcom stock. That massive inflow puts Broadcom in rarefied company alongside AI leaders Nvidia, Microsoft, Alphabet, and Meta.

“Broadcom may not have the brand recognition of a Tesla or an Apple, but elite funds are clearly enthralled by its compelling AI story,” said Sophie Hill, a technology analyst at Symmetrix Capital. “The semiconductor space is emerging as a major battleground in the AI arms race.”

Broadcom’s Surging Market Clout Broadcom’s rising stature is perhaps best illustrated by its swelling impact on the Nasdaq’s market weighting. The semiconductor maker now accounts for 1.9% of the tech-heavy index’s total market capitalization – eclipsing even Tesla’s 1.6% representation. Just a year ago, Tesla’s market clout dwarfed Broadcom’s on the iconic exchange.

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“For a company operating outside the consumer technology spotlight, Broadcom’s soaring presence atop the Nasdaq really speaks volumes about how AI is upending traditional industry hierarchies,” commented Carlos Ortega, a portfolio manager at Cavendish Investment Group. “Clearly Wall Street sees Broadcom as a major AI enabler deserving of an oversized market weighting.”

Dave Powner, who oversees RYZX Funds’ semiconductor investments, said “Demand for Broadcom’s cutting-edge AI chips and optics technologies is absolutely insatiable right now across data centers, cloud providers, you name it. No one wants to be caught flat-footed as AI goes truly mainstream.”

String of AI Innovation Driving this newfound Wall Street enthusiasm is a steady drumbeat of AI-focused innovations from Broadcom’s labs. Just this month, the chipmaker and Google Cloud expanded their partnership, aiming to optimize Broadcom’s mission-critical software offerings like VMware for Google’s cloud. The collaboration will infuse Google’s generative AI prowess across Broadcom’s product suite.

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In March, Broadcom unveiled the semiconductor industry’s highest bandwidth Ethernet switch, delivering a blistering 51.2 terabits per second of connectivity. It also rolled out its WatchTower platform, which harnesses AI to dramatically improve mainframe system monitoring and incident response.

And the AI breakthroughs keep coming. Broadcom recently debuted its “Bailly” line of co-packaged optics components, which the company says represents “a seismic shift” in AI computing with 10x improved latency and power efficiency versus traditional approaches.

“Broadcom’s innovation engine is firing on all cylinders when it comes to cracking the toughest AI performance bottlenecks,” said Powner. “Between switching fabrics, optics connectivity, security capabilities, their full-stack offerings are must-haves for AI leadership.”

Stock Near Buy Point Despite Market Pressures While the latest milestones underscore Broadcom’s AI pedigree, its lofty stock price highlights an increasingly divided market. With the Nasdaq stuck in a correction, shares traded as high as $658 on Thursday before retreating. Still, that left the stock just a hair below its $661.54 buy point from a recent flat base.

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According to MarketSmith analysis, Broadcom has earned a prime spot on the prestigious IBD Big Cap 20 list thanks to its burgeoning AI profile and strong fundamentals. It remains sharply outperforming the broader Nasdaq over the past year.

“In this brutally choppy market environment, there’s a striking dichotomy between Broadcom and names like Tesla that have really fallen out of favor,” said Hill. “Investors are gravitating towards actual AI leaders putting up tangible results today, not just talking about the potential.”

Broadcom may have crashed the AI stock party in unexpected fashion, but for growth investors it’s shaping up as the electrifying guest of honor. How long the semiconductor standout can retain its new place at the vanguard of Wall Street’s tech obsession remains to be seen. But its AI bonafides give the old darling Tesla an unlikely new challenger atop the tech world’s pecking order.

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Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee
Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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