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Tech Roundup – Volatility Abounds Across The Sector

Analyst Team trader
Updated 23 Apr 2024

Financial markets saw significant turbulence recently as geopolitical strains in the Middle East shook investor confidence, with impacts resonating across various sectors including cryptocurrency and technology.

Bitcoin (BTC-USD), often seen as a bellwether for broader market sentiment within the cryptocurrency space, wasn’t immune to these tensions, experiencing a downturn affecting associated equities.

Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA), a prominent player in cryptocurrency mining, underwent a wild ride as it witnessed a precipitous drop of nearly 30% in the last month. Despite this setback, the firm has managed to surge nearly 140% from its 52-week low, underscoring the volatile but potentially lucrative nature of investing in cryptocurrency-related stocks amidst the current geopolitical conflicts.

In the semiconductor arena, Arm Holdings (NASDAQ: ARM), endured a tough week, shedding nearly one-third of its market value. The previous rally, notable for an 100% rise from its 52-week low, appeared to stand on shaky ground as the company's robust earnings report earlier in February—with earnings of 29 cents per share and revenue of $824 million—failed to justify the sharp increase in its share price.

The escalating tensions between Israel and Iran have not only tightened the screws on regional stability but have also spilled over into the equity performance of Chinese firms abroad. Li Auto Inc. (NASDAQ: LI), a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, has seen its prospects dim alongside these geopolitical developments. Conversely, traders might pivot to considering opportunities with BYD Co. Ltd. (OTCMKTS: BYDDF), an alternative Chinese EV and hybrid vehicle manufacturer that has surpassed Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) in production volume, as a more resilient investment amidst the crisis.

Technical analysis indicators have signaled caution around Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), a heavyweight in the graphics processing unit (GPU) market, as the charts pointed to a bearish “double top” formation between March and April at the price of $955. The subsequent performance validated the indicators with the stock shedding 10% in value last Friday, culminating in a -15.8% decrease over the month.

Complicating the investment landscape are media reports suggesting that central banking policies might further disrupt market dynamics. There is speculation that the Federal Reserve, the United States' central bank, could continue its rate pause or could swing the pendulum back towards raising interest rates, adding yet another layer of complexity for investors to navigate.

Investors also received guidance to stay vigilant regarding software companies following declines led by Adobe Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) and Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK). Moreover, companies such as Arista Networks Inc. (NYSE: ANET), Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD), and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) should be monitored for potential signs of underperformance in the short term, given the sector's recent battering.

During times as volatile as these, it is best to keep a watching brief unless your risk appetite is on the high side. Even then, take your time to look through the fundamentals. Threats to your portfolio can be disguised as opportunities in the wrong light.

The AskTraders Analyst Team features experts in technical and fundamental analysis, as well as traders specializing in stocks, forex, and cryptocurrency.