3 tech stocks to sell or short
Investors are growing nervous, and the resulting market weakness is hitting momentum favorites in the sector.
By Anthony Mirhaydari
Stocks were sliding Tuesday as nervousness grew over the second-quarter earnings season, which kicks off with Alcoa (AA) in the afternoon, as well as the outbreak of another geopolitical hotspot as Israel gears up for an anti-terror campaign in the Gaza Strip.
With Iraq still a mess and Iranian nuclear negotiations on the fritz, the Middle East is really heating up. And let's not forget that Ukraine is far from resolved as well.
Technically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) has been pushed back below the 17,000 level that had the bulls foaming at the mouth over the weekend while the Russell 2000 ($TOMX) is down another 1.3 percent for its worst two-day drop since April.
Given all the pent-up selling pressure, the drop could deepen much further.
Certainly, the weakness is already hitting momentum favorites in the technology sector. Here are three popular tech stocks that you need to sell or avoid.
Twitter (TWTR) shares are down nearly 12 percent to cap a four-day loss as faith in the microblogging service is shaken. We've yet to see Twitter make a profit, with positive earnings per share not expected until the fourth quarter of this year.
Competitive threats are on the rise as well, with Chinese microblogging service Weibo (WB) recently coming public on the Nasdaq exchange.
LinkedIn (LNKD) has had a rough time since last September, falling into a relentless downtrend that's pushed the stock down roughly 40 percent from its old highs. LNKD shares caught a reprieve over the last three months but succumbed to selling pressure again on Tuesday as shares drop below their 50-day moving average once more.
Analysts at Barclays Capital, in a recent coverage initiation note, highlighted the main problem LNKD faces: creating habitual, regular use among its users.
Like many of the other names in its industry, Facebook (FB) suffered a washout between March and May as momentum tech favorites were washed out in a wave of selling pressure. In the months that followed, the bulls wrestled prices higher.
But on Tuesday, that three-month uptrend was decisively broken as FB stock threatened its 50-day moving average for the first time since March.
The shine is coming off of FB as teens, the arbiters of cool in the mobile economy, migrate to other platforms to avoid the "mom problem": Studies cited by Barclays analysts show Facebook usage by the 35- to 54-year-old age bracket has grown by 41 percent over the last three years while the 13-17 demo has dropped 25 percent and the 18-24 demo has dropped modestly.
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Agree jMeck, these are not Tech stocks, barely should be included in Tech Sector, if at all.
Media stocks at best, because I believe they are referred to as Social Media...?
And their ties to communications, are only through the carriers.
Not a Fad, but what I consider a "faddish" investment...
Never went for the IPOs on two of the 3 offers, or intended to when they fell back from grace on their prices coming out....Just don't understand or believe in the numbers...
But some have done real well if they sold on some of the peaks and bought on the valleys..?
That was not us....So we have nothing to sell.
Steve I tried to reply twice about the Bitcoin, comment....It wouldn't post..
I've got to fix some more brunch...
Then off to the Garden..
Have a nice day...
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