Tech Sector Woes Continue

Key Takeaways

  • Apple
    Under Pressure
  • Disney At Lowest Level In Nearly A Decade
  • Volatility Still Low

The big news this week has been the drop in Apple. Following an order from Chinese officials forbidding state workers from using iPhones and other foreign made phones, shares of Apple have come under pressure. Yesterday alone, Apple lost 2.9% and has lost $190 billion in market capitalization in just the past two days. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Apple owned 65% of the Chinese market for mobile phones priced over $600. China also accounted for 24% of all iPhone shipments in the second quarter, outpacing the U.S.’s 21%. The ban on state employees has potential to trickle down to Chinese citizens and could seriously threaten Apple’s biggest market.

Apple isn’t the only stock struggling this week. Shares of Disney closed at their lowest level since 2014. Investors had hoped Bob Iger’s return would help turn the stock around, but the company has continued to languish. Disney is down a little over 1% for the week.

Elsewhere, energy stocks continued their push higher of late. The energy component of the S&P 500 was the strongest performing sector yesterday, up 1.3% and is up 18% from its late June lows. The sector has seen a lot of activity of late, especially with crude oil prices surging. Our customers at tastytrade have been active both in listed and futures products tied to the sector.

There is no major economic news today, but next week we will get a read on consumer prices. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is scheduled for release next. Analysts are looking for a month-over-month increase of 0.5% and for core CPI to be up 0.2% month-over-month. That number will be interesting to watch because, as I mentioned above, market’s feel a bit stuck at the moment, and a reading outside of what is expected could be what markets need to get unstuck.

On Wednesday, I talked about 4460 in the S&P 500 being a support level many market technicians were watching. We have since fallen below that level, so we’ll see if what was once support becomes resistance. Those same technicians are now looking for market support at 4410.

One interesting thing to note here is the level of market volatility. Despite some big name companies taking hits this week, the VIX is still below 15. That is well below its historical average. Therefore, there isn’t that sense of panic you might normally expect given some of the weakness we’ve seen in the tech sector. As always, I would stick with your investing plans and long term objectives.

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