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Last month, Nvidia promised to bomb its second quarter. Today, the company delivered on those promises in smashing fashion.

The graphics chip maker's revenue dropped 5 per cent to $892.7m. In addition, the company posted a net loss of $120.9m, which compares to a profit of $172.7m in the same period last year.

Perhaps worst of all, Nvidia took a $196m charge "to cover anticipated customer warranty, repair, return, replacement and associated costs" tied to a defect in certain notebook products.

Big talking Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang copped to the obvious.

"Our Q2 financial performance was disappointing," he said. "The desktop PC market around the world weakened during the quarter. And our miscalculation of competitive price position further pressured our desktop GPU business."

To assuage investors, Nvidia announced that it would buy back an additional $1bn worth of stock, kicking its total repurchase program up to $2.7bn.

This move seemed enough to please investors in the short-term with shares popping up more than 10 per cent in after-hours trading. ®

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