Tech Stocks and the Dot-com “Echo”

June 16, 2022

“Downside surprises should become the norm”

By Elliott Wave International

The Wave Principle’s basic pattern includes five waves in the direction of the larger trend, followed by three corrective waves, as illustrated in both bull and bear markets below:

You probably recall the bursting of the dot-com bubble when the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 plummeted 78% between March 2000 and October 2002.

In recent months, a slew of financial articles compares today’s “tech wreck” to that dot-com crash of about 20 years ago.

Here are just a couple of sample headlines:

  • ‘Tech wreck’ looks more like another dotcom bubble bursting (March 9, The Financial Times)
  • It’s looking a lot like the dot-com crash again. … (May 22, Fortune)

It’s been said that history may not repeat exactly but it does often rhyme. And the current downturn in many tech names does remind of that dot-com bubble.


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You may be interested in knowing that our Global Market Perspective, a monthly Elliott Wave International publication which covers 50-plus worldwide financial markets, provided this prescient warning as far back as November 2020:

Big tech is transitioning from a bull market to a bear market at a high degree of trend, so downside surprises should become the norm.

Price shocks across the tech sector began almost immediately after that analysis.

Here’s the latest from our June 2022 Global Market Perspective:

Four Early Casualties of the Tech Reckoning

French IT company Atos dropped 12% on January 7, 2021, and investors have sold the stock relentlessly ever since. Sweden’s Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, peaked in February 2021 and fell 70% to its current level. Switzerland’s Logitech (computer peripherals) and Germany’s Infineon Technologies (semiconductors) held up a bit longer, but the companies’ bear-to-date losses have piled up to 50% and 36%, respectively.

So, yes, the current trend in the tech sector does rhyme with the dot-com bust — or, call it an “echo.” Here’s more analysis from the June Global Market Perspective:

Two Decades - Two Bubbles - One Conclusion

It took until November 2021 for the broader technology complex to reverse. The Stoxx 600 Technology Index peaked after failing to surpass its top from the dot-com mania, and, at this point, the “echo bubble” is producing a host of air pockets, flash crashes and general market disturbances.

Here’s what you need to know: In addition to the European tech sector, our Global Market Perspective offers insights into U.S. and Asian-Pacific tech names and indexes.

You’ll also find Elliott wave analysis of other stock market indexes, cryptocurrencies, forex, bonds, crude oil, gold, silver – all in all, more than 50 worldwide financial markets.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Tech Stocks and the Dot-com “Echo”. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.