DJIA : Tech Bubble POP ?
(Fri, 4 Sept 2020). The Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 are plunging sharply Thursday. The tech bubble is starting to pop, which could put an end to the stock market rally.
After rising for several days, U.S. stock indexes plunged sharply on Thursday. Big tech stocks dragged down the whole stock market. The overvalued tech sector was due for a correction. Thursday is a bad day for U.S. equity markets. Stocks fell sharply after the recent rally hit all-time highs. The tech sector, the market leader since the rebound began in late March, is dragging down the whole stock market.
The U.S. Stock Market Is Plunging
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 2%, the S&P 500 slipped by more than 3%, and the Nasdaq Composite fell by 5%. Apple was the top decliner in the Dow, falling more than 6%. The tech giant is on pace for its worst day since March. Other big tech stocks, including Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, also plunged sharply. The S&P 500 tech sector was down 5.6% and was on track for its biggest single-day decline since June 11, when it fell 5.8%. The sector was also heading for its first losing session in 11 trading days.
The Tech Bubble Could Pop Like in 2000
The strong rally in tech stocks has fueled a massive bubble. Most tech stocks are overvalued, so a pause is healthy at this point. Five mega-cap tech stocks make up for more than 20% of the S&P 500, holding up the entire market.
The pandemic has created a frenzy for tech stocks, as more people work at home and rely on technologies. As the economy recovers, we might see a shift towards other sectors that will benefit from the recovery, such as travel stocks. The stock market rally is an illusion because it is concentrated into only a few stocks. A rotation to other sectors will result in a more sustainable rally.
She said positive economic data could pave the way for a more sustainable rally. Thursday’s economic reports continued to point to a steady recovery. But the economy is still considerably weaker today than it was before the pandemic. Millions of Americans remain out of work, Congress is deadlocked on another financial aid program, and many industries such as travel struggle to survive.
Unless more cyclical sectors like banks, energy, and health care take over from technology, the risk that the tech and speculative growth stock bubble will pop as it did in 2000 is increasing everyday day. The correction we saw on Thursday might be just the start of the bubble popping.
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