Tech stocks were down as much as -1.3% today. News outlets are blaming the selloff for escalating tensions with North Korea, Fed head speeches and technical analysts who say the Nasdaq's 50-day moving average is "under seige."
Perennial stock market bears would add another reason for the selloff in Tech: Expensive valuations. It's something bearish investors have been warning about for some time now (for much of 2017 despite Tech being up 18% year-to-date!).
But Tech stocks aren't "expensive." But Utilities, Energy and Consumer Staples stocks sure. Consider history. If you look at each sector's next twelve month P/E on a 30-year percentile basis it shows Tech stocks are not expensive.
On this metric, Tech's reading of 66% is relatively cheap. Put another way, 44% of Tech's P/E ratios over the last 30 years have been more expensive. Compared to 99% for Utilities this is nothing.
But What About the Tech Bubble?!
Even removing the Dot Com era P/Es, tech is still pretty cheap (see Tech's P/E below the dotted green line below)...
Tech Selloff: What to Do today...
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