Shares of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (also known as the FANG stocks) all fell over 3% today as investors pulled money out of the overheated US Tech sector.
The FANG stocks have been market leaders all year and have accounted for over 40% of the NASDAQ gains year-to-date. On a valuation basis, these names have added over $600 billion to the S&P 500 even though they only make up 13% of the index.
Many analysts have been expecting a pullback in the tech sector as P/E ratios and forward guidance data have approached the levels last seen prior to the 2000 and 2008 market corrections.
It’s worth noting as a point of reference that Microsoft, which is not a FANG stock, fell 62% after the 2000 tech bubble burst and dropped 45.5% during the financial crisis in 2008.
Even after today’s sharp decline, the S&P tech sector is still up over 18% for the year.