Facebook Stock Is Dragging the Tech Sector Down

The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) fell ~2.6% on March 22, 2018.

Sarah Sands - Author

Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

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Performance of the technology sector

In the previous article, we saw that the major US indexes showed a significant fall in performance after President Trump’s announcement of tariffs on Chinese imports. The recent fall in the technology sector is also dragging down the performance of the equity market.

The Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) fell ~2.6% on March 22, 2018. XLK has fallen 5.1% in the past week. Facebook’s (FB) recent fall in performance pressured the performance of the US technology sector.

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Correlation between the tech sector and the S&P 500 Index

The technology sector (XLK) has had a very high positive correlation of 0.95 with the S&P 500 Index (SPY) in the past 12 months. As a result, the fall in the technology sector’s performance is affecting the performance of the S&P 500 Index.

Facebook recently faced a significant crisis as data research firm Cambridge Analytica took the personal data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission. This news dragged down the performance of Facebook stock, which became a concern for US technology players.

FB’s stock price has fallen nearly 11.0% in the past one week. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, recently said that this event was “a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened.”


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