Stocks to Watch Today: IBM, NVDA, and PKG
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Stocks to Watch Today: IBM, NVDA, and PKG

Amid a volatile trading session, tech giants IBM and NVIDIA, along with manufacturing stalwart Packaging Corporation of America, are making waves on Wall Street.
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In a volatile trading session, three major tech and manufacturing stocks are drawing investor attention due to significant price movements and noteworthy developments.

International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), and Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) are all experiencing notable shifts in their stock prices and analyst outlooks. This article examines these closely watched companies’ latest updates and market reactions.

IBM Gains on AI Optimism

Shares of IBM are up 2.24% to $176.33 as of 10:51 AM EDT, following Goldman Sachs’ initiation of coverage with a Buy rating and a $200 price target. The investment bank highlighted IBM’s strategic shift towards long-term growth, emphasizing the company’s focus on infrastructure software assets, particularly in open-source and artificial intelligence.

Goldman Sachs noted strong synergy between IBM’s evolving software portfolio and consulting business, expecting the stock to re-rate higher due to improving software business mix. IBM’s revenue is projected to grow from $60.53 billion in 2024 to $65.52 billion in 2025, with earnings per share expected to increase from $9.13 to $10.34 over the same period.

NVIDIA Slides Amid Insider Selling

NVIDIA stock is down 5.83% to $119.19, despite recently becoming the world’s most valuable company before slipping back to second place. The decline comes amid significant insider selling activity, with CEO Jensen Huang selling 240,000 shares for approximately $31.6 million on June 20, and other executives and directors also offloading substantial holdings.

Despite the selling pressure, NVIDIA’s year-to-date stock return remains impressive at 155.62%, significantly outpacing the S&P 500’s 14.57% gain. Analyst consensus on NVIDIA remains a Strong Buy, with price targets ranging from $47.84 to $200.00 per share.

Packaging Corp. of America Rises on Positive Outlook

Packaging Corporation of America stock is up 3.33% to $189.43, buoyed by Bank of America’s increased price target from $197.00 to $200.00. The new target implies a potential upside of 8.08% from the previous close, with BofA maintaining a “buy” rating on the stock.

PKG reported strong Q1 earnings of $1.72 per share, beating estimates by $0.09, with revenue slightly above expectations at $1.98 billion. The positive sentiment in the packaging industry is further reinforced by recent insider buying, with Director Karen E. Gowland purchasing 300 shares at $182.06 per share.

Disclaimer: The author does not hold or have a position in any securities discussed in the article.