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〽 Is the Tech Wave Receding?
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Is The Tech Wave is Receding?
The earnings season hasn’t been kind to tech giants.
What Happened? Amidst the global pandemic, growing unemployment, and social unrest, tech shares rallied, soaring beyond 100% in some cases. Wall Street played along, raising forecasts and price targets. However, two weeks into the earnings period, the air is steadily leaking from the ‘tech bubble.’
Do Not Take Growth for Granted:Netflix had two strong quarters, that cumulatively added over 25M new subscribers. However, in Q3, the streaming giant is expected to add only 2.5 million, less than half of the market estimates. This performance, in turn, calls into question some of the high-flying stocks such as Peloton Interactive, Zoom, and Shopify, among others.
Tech isn’t Immune to Recession: IBM had a better-than-expected Q2. The company’s cloud segment grew 30% and now accounts for a third of sales. However, the rest of the business is struggling. With several industries facing financial pressure, demand for the company’s services declined sharply and could go down further. This is a wake-up call for any business relying on selling IT services or on-premises software.
Expectations are High: Microsoft reported record growth last week driven by optimism around its cloud business and surprising demand for consumer-facing segments like Xbox and Surface PCs. However, profit margins were down, and the cloud segment decelerated 11 percentage points from Q1. These developments have put pressure on Amazon and Google cloud services. These two tech titans report earnings this week.
Past Results can Take You Only So Far: Intel was in the spotlight last week, not because of its strong quarter, but for considering the outsourcing of chip production to more-capable entities. For a company once revered for its manufacturing prowess, this is an embarrassment. The takeaway? Stock price reflects the potential for future performance, not so much past results.
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