Friday, 24 January 2014

The case for the US technology hardware sector

Tech has only marched halfway up

While technology stocks have enjoyed a strong rally since the stock market nadir at end-2008, it is perhaps surprising to note that they have only recovered 50% of the ground lost during the 2000-2003 tech bust.

But over the last decade or so, there have been many changes in tech-land. Many mobile phone makers such as Nokia, Motorola, SonyEricsson and Blackberry have come and largely gone, to be replaced by Apple, Samsung, LG and a whole raft of Chinese Android smartphone producers. We have seen the advent of the tablet and even the “phablet” (a crossover between a smartphone and a small tablet), and of course we have witnessed the phenomenal rise of social media, with Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin leading the vanguard. I want to focus in this article on the technology hardware sector, makers of physical technology objects rather than providers of services or software.

Improving Capital Spending Trends Are a Help

The technology sector is particularly geared to macro investment trends, as companies tend to favour technology-related investments in good economic times as they tend to bear quick-to-emerge and sizeable fruit in the form of productivity, boosting profitability. Guess what? US durable goods orders have recovered steadily over last year, pointing to improving corporate investment trends that should benefit tech stocks.

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