Wall Street Recommends Buying These 2 AI Stocks Over Nvidia for More Upside

Shareholders snapped up stocks of Nvidia (NVDA -0.95%) with great enthusiasm throughout the past year, as anticipation about artificial intelligence (AI) circulated the stock market. Indeed, the AI chipmaker watched its stock price surge by 239%, positioning it as the top-performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2023. Nvidia has already increased by an additional 20% in 2024, but Wall Street now perceives greater potential in alternative AI stocks.

For example, Nvidia holds a median analyst price target of $650 per share, suggesting a 9% upside. But The Trade Desk (TTD -1.61%) boasts a median price target of $83 per share, indicating a 20% upside. Meanwhile, Docebo (DCBO -1.39%) holds a median price target of $56 per share, implying a 24% upside.

These are details investors should be aware of concerning these two AI stocks.

1. The Trade Desk

The Trade Desk operates the largest independent ad tech platform for media buyers. Its software leans on artificial intelligence (AI) to help advertisers create, measure, and optimize campaigns across digital channels. The Trade Desk is the market leader in connected TV (CTV) advertising, and the company is quickly gaining clout in offsite retail media, the two fastest-growing segments of the broader digital advertising market.

One reason The Trade Desk has been so successful is its independent business model, meaning it doesn’t own media that could bias ad spending, nor does it compete with publishers by selling ad inventory. Publishers are more willing to share data with noncompetitors like The Trade Desk as opposed to fellow publishers like Alphabet, a company that monetizes media properties like Google Search and YouTube with advertising.

Because of a unique combination of independence and scale, The Trade Desk has won numerous partners of import. It sources data and inventory from most major CTV publishers, including Walt Disney, and it sources data from many leading retailers including Walmart. As such, The Trade Desk provides measurement capabilities that media buyers cannot find on other ad tech platforms.

One corollary of robust and unique data is differentiated AI. To that end, Morgan Stanley sees The Trade Desk as one of 11 companies best positioned to benefit from AI, and consultancy Quadrant Knowledge Solutions sees The Trade Desk as the most technologically sophisticated ad tech platform on the market, outranking even Google.

Looking ahead, ad tech spending is forecasted to grow at 14% annually through 2030, but The Trade Desk should outpace the industry given its strong market position. Indeed, Wall Street is projecting annual sales growth of 21% over the next five years. In that context, its current valuation of 19.4 times sales is acceptable. Patient investors with a five-year time horizon should consider purchasing a small position in this growth stock today.

2. Docebo

Docebo operates a learning management system. Its platform comprises several applications that help businesses create, deliver, and measure the impact of training content across internal employees and external audiences. Two applications are particularly noteworthy because they demonstrate a proclivity for innovation and they present sizable growth opportunities.

Docebo Shape uses generative AI to automate content creation, turning source material like documents, presentations, and case studies into corporate training material. Docebo Flow embeds learning content into other software products, which lends itself to external use cases like customer training. For instance, Flow lets businesses embed learning into customer-facing applications for the purpose of educating new users.

Docebo gained a strong market presence through consistent innovation. European industry analyst Fosway Group has recognized its leadership in learning management systems for six straight years. In addition, Morgan Stanley analyst Josh Baer selected Docebo stock as a top generative AI pick in 2024. He said the company is not just disrupting the market for internal learning, but also leading the market in external use cases.

Docebo is an unfamiliar name for many investors, but the company has landed several big customers, including two of the five largest technology companies in the world. The first is Amazon and the second is unnamed, but all evidence points to Google.

Meanwhile, Docebo has also partnered with Google Cloud to further its generative AI product roadmap. New features are coming to Shape in 2024, including virtual role play with real-time feedback and an integrated copilot that simplifies learning content creation. Management says “Shape will fundamentally change how training material is created and consumed.”

With that in mind, the learning management systems market is projected to grow at 20% annually through 2030, and Wall Street expects Docebo to grow sales at 25% annually over the next five years. That consensus forecast makes its current valuation of 9 times sales look quite affordable. The market is overlooking this little-known software stock, creating a fantastic buying opportunity for patient investors.

John Mackey, former CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Trevor Jennewine has positions in Amazon, Nvidia, The Trade Desk, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Alphabet, Amazon, Docebo, Nvidia, The Trade Desk, Walmart, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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