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Tech rout in US wipes out $300 billion, FAANG slammed hardest

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By Elena Popina

The rush to get out of US tech stocks entered its third day Monday as concerns mounted over how the storied FAANG bloc will fare amid rising interest rates and slower growth.

All of the FAANGs retreated, with Facebook Inc. sinking 3.3 per cent and Netflix Inc. falling as much as 5.3 per cent. The FANG index retreated 2.5 per cent, widening its three-day loss to 9 per cent. This compares with a 1.4 per cent loss for the S&P 500 over the same time.

Investors have been bailing from the space since the Facebooks earnings hit July 25, prompting the biggest market-cap decline in US history. Market darlings since the 2016 presidential election, the group of tech megacaps has seen investors heading for exits with the advance seen as having gone too far, too fast.

“Sentiment is turning sour in FANG, especially after earnings,” Michael Antonelli, an institutional equity sales trader and managing director at Robert W. Baird & Co, said in an email. “They are dragging the Nasdaq 100 down by its feet.”

The selloff has widened losses in the S&P 500 Information Technology Index to 5.2 per cent, the biggest three-day retreat since March. The rout erased $240 billion from the market capitalization of the S&P 500 Information Technology Index to $6.3 trillion, from $6.6 trillion before Facebook reported a miss on its user growth.

Sentiment on the tech megacaps has soured since Wednesday, when Facebook reported disappointing second-quarter user growth that knocked the stock down 19 per cent. To Bank of Americas Michael Hartnett, a rout in Facebook signaled a peak in tech megacaps, prompting him to recommend clients short the FAANG block.

Support is wearing thin for technology companies. The S&P 500 Information Technology Index fell below its 50-day moving average on Monday, while the Nasdaq Composite Index and the Nasdaq 100 Index hover near that level. Investors last week pulled $1.4 billion from the largest exchange-traded fund tracking the Nasdaq 100 Index last week in the biggest withdrawal in seven weeks.

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