Tech sell-off weighs again on stocks; dollar slips

Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:09pm EDT
 
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By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sell-off in Apple (AAPL.O: Quote) and other tech heavyweights dragged stocks down for a second session on Monday, while the dollar slipped ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting this week.

The technology sector rout weighed on all three major U.S. stock indexes and raised concerns about lofty U.S. share levels.

The Nasdaq ended down 0.5 percent after falling 1.8 percent on Friday. Apple lost 2.5 percent, though other tech giants Alphabet (GOOGL.O: Quote), Facebook (FB.O: Quote) and Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote) also were down.

At the same time, energy shares added to Friday's gains, suggesting that investors were seeking value. The S&P energy index .SPNY, which has had the biggest declines among sectors so far this year, ended up 0.7 percent.

"You're seeing people not want to come out of the market. They're selling what's been a winner, rotating into what's been a loser because they want to stay in the market. That's not necessarily a bullish omen because when markets are at tops, people want to stay fully invested," said Michael O'Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The S&P technology index .SPLRCT ended down 0.8 percent on Monday, but well off its worst levels of the session and it remains up 17.6 percent for the year to date. The sector had ballooned to its most expensive since early 2008 in terms of price-to-earnings expectations.

The Apple-led worries had taken a heavy toll on Asian rivals, including Samsung (005930.KS: Quote) overnight, and then hit Europe's big chipmakers STMicro (STM.PA: Quote) and Dialog (DLGS.DE: Quote).

An ebbing of the reflation trade that was based on U.S. President Donald Trump's tax and spending promises, and a run of negative U.S. economic surprises, have prompted some investors to review the mix of their portfolios.   Continued...

 
A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in Times Square after the Nasdaq breached the 6,000 mark for the first time ever on Tuesday, in New York City, NY, U.S. April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton