What goes up must come down, and investors are learning that the hard way. Big Tech stocks that soared over the past year are tumbling this month.
What changed in the past week? Nothing much, really. Most of these companies are about to report their latest quarterly earnings – and they should be fairly strong. And most of these companies are somewhat immune from the growing trade war with China (with Apple being the notable exception).
But these titans of tech are vulnerable to the recent spike in long-term bond yields and signs from the Federal Reserve that it plans to keep hiking short-term rates throughout 2019. That could slow the economy and start to hurt profit growth of high-flying techs.
That may be one of the reasons why investors are starting to rotate out of tech and into other parts of the market that have lagged lately, including banks, utilities and drugmakers – which many consider to be safer stocks because of their big dividends.
Tech stocks tumbled again Thursday, and they could still be vulnerable if market volatility continues, particularly if interest rates keep rising.
Even after the big drops of the past few days, most of the FANG stocks, Microsoft, Twitter and many other big techs are still sitting on pretty significant gains this year.
Netlflix’s shares have soared 70% while Amazon is up more than 50%. Microsoft and Apple have each gained about 25%.