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Amazon Acquired Market-Cap Title

January 8, 2019

By Deepta Bolaky
 @DeeptaGOMarkets

After a turbulent year for the technology giants, Amazon was crowned leader of the technology sector by market capitalisation on Monday.

It has surpassed Microsoft to become the “New King in Town”.

Technology stocks have been the primary driver of the global stock markets in the past decade. The overall performance of the tech sector was outstanding since the financial crisis. However, 2018 has shown us that the tech giants are facing their own unique challenges and went into a freefall.

In September 2018, Amazon reached the 1 Trillion Club (please link words to this article- https://www.gomarkets.com.au/review-of-year-2018/) just over a month after Apple reached the same milestone. Since reaching this historic high, Amazon’s share price has dropped and dipped below the $700bn market cap in December 2018.

Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft had been trading on a clear uptrend chart in the past decade, but 2018 took them all on a bumpy ride. The below charts depicts the performance of the four tech giants:

  • 5-Years: The performance of these tech growth stocks has been impressive which explains why they were the favourite investments for the past decade.

  • 1-Year: Out of the four, only Amazon and Microsoft managed to stay in positive territory.

  • Year-to-date: Apple is the only one on the back foot despite more optimism in the air. Apple’s CEO issued a rare revenue warning that is undermining its recovery.

What’s next for these tech stocks? Volatility has been the dominating theme in 2018 and fears have hit stocks hard. After a painful end in 2018, it was a better start for stocks than anticipated. These stocks are expected to bounce back during the course of 2019. However, investors will be more careful in their positionings as the strong confidence in the FAANG group has somewhat faltered.

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