Tech Giants Face Market Turbulence Amid Economic Headwinds

Tech Giants Face Market Turbulence Amid Economic Headwinds

In a surprising turn of events, the stock market’s darlings, Apple Inc. and Tesla Inc., have shown significant underperformance in the face of stiff competition and market pressures. Apple’s shares dipped nearly 2% ahead of Tuesday’s opening bell, a continuation of a troubling trend for the tech giant. The company has seen iPhone sales in China plummet by 24% year-on-year in the first six weeks of 2024, signaling a loss of ground to domestic competitors like Huawei.

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Tesla’s situation appears even more grim, with its stock value eroding by almost 25% for the year. The electric vehicle maker suffered a steep 7% decline on Monday following a reported decrease in sales in China during February, likely impacted by the Lunar New Year holiday period.

The broader tech sector isn’t immune to these challenges either, with Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, also experiencing a downturn of almost 5% for the year. These developments are particularly notable given the S&P 500’s overall 4% increase in the same timeframe.

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Analysts point to several factors contributing to this trend, including the economic slowdown in China, geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China, and the looming U.S. elections. However, there’s a glimmer of hope as China’s mainland stocks saw a modest rise following Premier Li Qiang’s announcement of an ambitious 5% economic growth target for 2024.

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This marks the highest level of online sales since February 2022.

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Investors and market watchers are keeping a close eye on these tech giants as they navigate through these turbulent times, which could signal a broader shift in the market landscape.

Source : AP NEWS

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