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Philip van Doorn

Oct. 5, 2021, 10:09 a.m. EDT

For your shopping list: These big tech stocks have dropped as much as 20% over the past month

By Philip van Doorn

Technology stocks have slumped. What investors never know is how long it will take for the inevitable sector reversal.

A list of the worst-performing technology stocks over the past month among the S&P 500 Index (S&P:SPX) and the Nasdaq 100 Index (AMERICAN:NDX) is below.

Here’s how the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 Index have performed over the past month, excluding dividends:

Index Price change – one month Price change – 2021 Price change – 2020 Price change since end of 2019
Health Care -8.1% 10.5% 11.4% 23.1%
Real Estate -7.6% 23.4% -5.2% 17.0%
Information Technology -7.1% 13.4% 42.2% 61.3%
Communication Services -6.9% 20.3% 22.2% 47.0%
Utilities -6.4% 3.1% -2.8% 0.2%
Materials -6.0% 10.2% 18.1% 30.2%
Industrials -5.4% 11.3% 9.0% 21.3%
Consumer Staples -5.4% 2.5% 7.6% 10.3%
Consumer Discretionary -3.0% 9.3% 32.1% 44.3%
Financials -0.2% 28.4% -4.1% 23.2%
Energy 14.2% 45.2% -37.3% -9.0%
S&P 500 Index -5.2% 14.5% 16.3% 33.1%
Source: FactSet

All in all, 2021 has been a fine year for stock market performance, especially when considering that it has followed what turned out to be a good 2020 for most sectors. The technology sector was the third-worst-performing sector from Sept. 3 through Oct. 4, but it has been the clear leader from the end of 2019 through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives attributed the pullback in technology stocks to the fear of rising interest rates and concern over growth-stock valuations in a note to clients on Oct. 5. He went on to predict the pressure on tech stocks would be “short-lived” and that the sector would be up 10% from here through the end of 2021.

“[T]he tech growth stories are being massively underestimated by the Street inour opinion with 3Q earnings a major positive catalyst for the tech sector lookingahead,” Ives wrote.

The overwhelming tendency for companies reporting quarterly results to beat analysts’ consensus estimates may well turn the analyst’s prediction into reality in only a few weeks.

Ives sees a “multitrillion opportunity for the next decade” as the digital transformation of multiple industries continues. His favorite investments include Apple Inc. (NAS:AAPL) among the FAANG stocks. For plays on cloud computing, his favorites among large-cap stocks are Microsoft Corp. (NAS:MSFT) and DocuSign Inc. (NAS:DOCU) . Among large-cap companies poised for the best growth as cybersecurity threats are dealt with, Ives’s top recommendations are Zscaler Inc. (NAS:ZS) , Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NAS:PANW) and Fortinet Inc. (NAS:FTNT) .

Biggest large-cap tech drops over the past month

To list tech stocks, we began with the S&P 500 information technology sector and then added tech-oriented names in other sectors, such as Facebook Inc. (NAS:FB) , Twitter Inc. (NYS:TWTR) and videogame developers in the communications sector and Amazon.com Inc. (NAS:AMZN) in the consumer discretionary sector. We then added tech companies in the Nasdaq-100 that aren’t included in the S&P 500.

From this expanded list of 105 tech stocks, here are the 20 worst performers from Sept. 3 through Oct. 4:

Company Price change – one month Price change – 2021 through Oct. 4 Decline from 52-week high Date of 52-week high
DocuSign Inc. (NAS:DOCU) -20% 11% -22% 08/10/2021
MercadoLibre Inc. (NAS:MELI) -18% -5% -21% 01/21/2021
Okta Inc. Class A (NAS:OKTA) -17% -12% -23% 02/12/2021
Pinduoduo Inc. ADR Class A (NAS:PDD) -17% -52% -60% 02/16/2021
Enphase Energy Inc. (NAS:ENPH) -17% -17% -37% 02/10/2021
Peloton Interactive Inc. Class A (NAS:PTON) -16% -46% -52% 01/14/2021
Adobe Inc. (NAS:ADBE) -16% 12% -17% 09/03/2021
Zebra Technologies Corp. Class A (NAS:ZBRA) -15% 31% -16% 09/03/2021
Trimble Inc. (NAS:TRMB) -14% 22% -16% 08/30/2021
CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. Class A (NAS:CRWD) -14% 13% -17% 08/30/2021
Synopsys Inc. (NAS:SNPS) -14% 12% -15% 09/03/2021
Nvidia Corp. (NAS:NVDA) -14% 51% -14% 08/30/2021
Facebook Inc. Class A (NAS:FB) -13% 19% -15% 09/01/2021
JD.com Inc. ADR Class A (NAS:JD) -13% -21% -36% 02/17/2021
Zoom Video Communications Inc. Class A (NAS:ZM) -13% -23% -56% 10/19/2020
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NAS:SWKS) -13% 4% -22% 04/29/2021
Qualcomm Inc. (NAS:QCOM) -12% -17% -25% 01/20/2021
IPG Photonics Corp. (NAS:IPGP) -12% -32% -42% 01/19/2021
Teradyne Inc. (NAS:TER) -12% -11% -27% 02/16/2021
PayPal Holdings Inc. (NAS:PYPL) -12% 9% -18% 07/26/2021
Source: FactSet

Click on the tickers for more about each company. Click here  for Tomi Kilgore’s detailed guide to the wealth of information available for free on MarketWatch quote page.

Leaving the group of 20 tech stocks in the same order, here’s a summary of opinion among Wall Street analysts polled by FactSet:

Company Share “buy” ratings Closing price – Oct. 4 Consensus price target Implied 12-month upside potential
DocuSign Inc. (NAS:DOCU) 77% $246.57 $323.18 31%
MercadoLibre Inc. (NAS:MELI) 77% $1,592.75 $2,113.68 33%
Okta Inc. Class A (NAS:OKTA) 74% $224.96 $296.88 32%
Pinduoduo Inc. ADR Class A (NAS:PDD) 79% $85.08 $136.46 60%
Enphase Energy Inc. (NAS:ENPH) 67% $145.03 $199.29 37%
Peloton Interactive Inc. Class A (NAS:PTON) 74% $82.35 $129.67 57%
Adobe Inc. (NAS:ADBE) 83% $558.49 $710.33 27%
Zebra Technologies Corp. Class A (NAS:ZBRA) 58% $502.32 $593.33 18%
Trimble Inc. (NAS:TRMB) 62% $81.37 $94.67 16%
CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. Class A (NAS:CRWD) 88% $238.88 $311.83 31%
Synopsys Inc. (NAS:SNPS) 87% $289.25 $339.69 17%
Nvidia Corp. (NAS:NVDA) 81% $197.32 $233.93 19%
Facebook Inc. Class A (NAS:FB) 76% $326.23 $421.09 29%
JD.com Inc. ADR Class A (NAS:JD) 94% $69.41 $92.72 34%
Zoom Video Communications Inc. Class A (NAS:ZM) 50% $259.58 $350.56 35%
Skyworks Solutions Inc. (NAS:SWKS) 59% $159.69 $216.39 36%
Qualcomm Inc. (NAS:QCOM) 62% $126.68 $181.67 43%
IPG Photonics Corp. (NAS:IPGP) 43% $153.19 $215.89 41%
Teradyne Inc. (NAS:TER) 56% $107.27 $147.56 38%
PayPal Holdings Inc. (NAS:PYPL) 85% $255.01 $331.95 30%
Source: FactSet

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