Popular tech stocks like Nvidia, Facebook are getting smoked

Popular tech stocks like Nvidia, Facebook are getting smoked

2017-11-29 16:19:00

Some of the market’s best-performing technology stocks so far this year are tanking Wednesday.

So-called FANG stocks all dropped with Facebook down 4 percent, Amazon off by 2.7 percent, Netflix falling 5.5 percent and Google-parent Alphabet lower by 2.4 percent. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ), which tracks the Nasdaq 100 index, fell 1.7 percent on heavy volume. The fund traded more than 70.4 million shares Wednesday, well above its 30-day volume average of 25.9 million.

Semiconductor names are also falling. Nvidia shares dropped 6.7 percent, while Micron fell 8.7 percent. The VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF declined 4.2 percent.

As popular tech stocks fell, the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund rose 1.7 percent. And the Dow Jones industrial average was still up almost 80 points even with the tech drop.

Nasdaq Composite declined more than 1 percent because of the drop in tech, on pace for its biggest fall in three months.

“It’s surprising that you’re seeing a pullback this big after such a strong fundamental performance,” said Mike Bailey, director of research at FBB Capital Partners, noting that tech earnings have been strong. “I do wonder if there is some rotation going on. The banks’ story is getting better after Jerome Powell’s testimony.”

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