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Dip buyers flock to tech funds after earnings spark rout

Bargain hunting drove investors to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) tracking technology companies after shares fell sharply on mixed earnings from heavyweights.

The iShares US Technology ETF, which has $11.2 billion in assets with Apple and Microsoft among its top holdings, saw net inflows of $694 million in the week ended Oct. 25, according to Lipper data, its best performance in over a year.

“Investors want large-cap tech exposure – whether that’s because they can handle higher rates better or simply because they’re more comfortable with those names in a really challenging macro environment,” said Todd Sohn, ETF and technical strategist at Strategas Securities.

The fund’s price fell nearly 4 per cent in the week, as mixed results from megacaps like Alphabet weighed on the sector.

Despite potential short-term challenges, investors are starting to turn attention to 2024 where tech is expected to outperform, said Todd Rosenbluth, research head at VettaFi.

Tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 20 per cent since the start of the year, supported by rallies in the “Magnificent 7” tech stocks on optimism around artificial intelligence.

However, worries about higher-for-longer interest rates have stalled the momentum and set the benchmark on course for monthly losses.

Tech funds saw inflows of $2 billion in the week to Wednesday, their largest in eight weeks, according to BofA Global Research, which it attributed to investors “buying the dip”.

The $14 billion ProShares UltraPro QQQ posted net weekly inflows of $68.15 million, even as the price of the fund fell 9.5 per cent.

“TQQQ is experiencing a surge in net flows as more aggressive retail traders seek to make big gains on hopes of a quick rebound,” Vanda Research’s analysts said in a note.

The $46.5 billion Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund and the $9 billion VanEck Semiconductor ETF posted net inflows of $205.7 million and $280.6 million, respectively, for the week.

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