A defensive rotation continued overnight with the Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQ: .IXIC) falling 2.55%. This compares to the 1.04% fall from the S&P 500 Index (SP: .INX) and the unscathed Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) which was down just 0.10%.
Why ASX200 tech shares could face more selling pressure
It’s been a challenging market for tech investors with the S&P/ASX200 Info Tech (INDEXASX: XIJ) sliding ~9.5% this month, compared to the broader ASX 200 which is up ~2%.
A similar narrative is taking place on Wall Street where the S&P 500 and Dow Jones are hovering all-time record highs, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq has slumped 5.6% in quick succession from record territory.
Last night, sectors including consumer cyclical, communication services and technology all slumped between 1.95% to 2.30%. While defensive sectors including materials, consumer defensive and utilities closed the session between 0.20% and 0.75% higher.
US tech mega caps experienced heavy selling across the board with household names including Tesla Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc, Microsoft Corporation and Alphabet Inc all falling between 2% to 6.50%.
Why are tech shares suddenly selling off?
One theory is that investors might be diverting attention to the prospect of higher inflation as the economy comes out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pent-up demand could drive an increase in prices, which could eventually prompt central banks to take the brakes off record low interest rates. This could in turn weigh on the valuations of richly valued shares including ASX200 tech shares.