The big rotation: European tech in biggest monthly drop in 13 years – Reuters

A person wears virtual reality goggles at the European Space Agency (ESA) stand in the Web Summit, Europe's largest technology conference, in Lisbon, Portugal, November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – European technology stocks fell into bear territory on Friday and were on track for their biggest monthly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis amid worries the U.S. Federal Reserve will aggressively tighten its monetary policy.
Europe's tech sector (.SX8P), the darling of investors during the pandemic, has dropped 20% – the technical milestone which defines a bear market – from a 21-year high touched in November.
It was also on course for its worst month since September 2008, sliding more than 15% in January.
European tech moved in January in tandem with the Nasdaq (.NDX) index in the United States, which also registered its worst month in more than 13 years.
Global tech stocks have been under pressure as investors have been more reluctant to pay hefty valuations for growth stocks amid rising yields as the Fed plans to raise interest rates and end its bond purchases in March to tame inflation. read more
Mounting tensions between Russia and the United States over Ukraine also pushed investors towards safer assets. read more
"Rising real yields and good economic growth should continue to support value over growth," said Morgan Stanley analysts in a research note.
So-called value stocks, which trade at comparatively cheap multiples of their fundamentals – including banks, autos and energy shares – grew in popularity this year, outperforming growth stocks by 13 percentage points in January. read more
A Deustche Bank survey found that half of the 500 investors who took part believed tech stocks valuations in the United States were in bubble territory.
But some investors see recent price weakness making tech stocks an attractive buy.
Jeremy Leung, portfolio manager at UBS Asset Management, said he bought the tech dip in January.
"We have been actually taking advantage of weakness also in large tech names," he said, adding that the tech pull back was an opportunity to buy stocks that had become too expensive throughout the pandemic.
Earnings are also expected to be supportive.
The estimated earnings growth rate for the STOXX 600 technology companies for the fourth quarter 2021 is expected to be almost 40% higher than a year earlier, for a total of 10.5 billion euros.
Switzerland's Logitech International (LOGN.S), for example, raised its earnings forecast for the current fiscal year, as offices started to re-equip for staff returning from working at home. read more
German business software group SAP (SAPG.DE) said there was room to exceed the 2025 free cash flow target of around 8 billion euros ($8.92 billion).
Tech initial public offering activity is expected to remain strong into 2022, said Conor Moore, head of KPMG Private Enterprise, who tracks venture capital and tech IPOs.
"Will valuations be as high as it was in parts of 2021? Maybe not," he said. There will be "a little bit of a slowdown but I don't think it's a dramatic slowdown," Moore added.
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