Opportunities and Risks to Invest in the “Magnificent 7” Amid a Dip in Share Prices

April 23, 2024

Recent trends indicate a downturn for the ‘Magnificent 7’ US tech stocks, as each has retreated from their 2024 peak values ahead of upcoming earnings reports. Despite this decline, five out of these seven industry behemoths have maintained a positive year-to-date performance since the end of 2023. However, investor caution is evident, with six of the seven stocks experiencing at least a 7% dip from their highest levels this year.

These developments coincide with a broader market downturn in April. The Nasdaq Composite and the S&P 500 indices have both trended downward, reflecting growing concerns over the diminishing likelihood of multiple interest rate cuts within the year.

This intersection of declining share prices and upcoming financial disclosures could present a unique window for investors. The situation warrants careful consideration for those pondering whether this is an opportune moment to buy into some of the most influential names in the tech sector.

Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA): Nvidia has shown impressive resilience with a 54% YTD gain, despite a 20% decline from its peak. The company is a leader in graphics processing technology, and its expansion into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning presents significant growth potential. This dip might be an opportunity for investors who believe in the company’s long-term strategy and its role in future tech trends.

Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: META): Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has gained over 30% this year. The current price, being 8.8% below its peak, could provide an entry point for those who are optimistic about its long-term trajectory. The social media giant has shown strong recovery in earnings and has recently launched its Meta AI, built with Llama 3. The Meta AI is essentially an AI-powered personal assistant that interact with users via the various social media platforms owned by Meta. Despite the excitement on some of these new product and services launches, Meta continues to face intense scrutiny on privacy issues and regulatory challenges that could hurt its core advertising revenue. This could be amplified with the US Presidential Election expected by the end of this year.

Amazon Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): Amazon’s e-commerce dominance and its cloud computing arm, AWS, remain strong, and its stock is up 14.9% YTD. A 7.6% fall from the peak might attract investors who are looking for a company with a proven track record and diversified revenue streams. However, investors need to be aware of the increasing calls for antitrust action against big tech, which could lead to stricter regulations. Moreover, the costs associated with maintaining its vast logistics network could escalate, potentially squeezing margins.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL): With a 10.3% rise YTD and a 3.3% distance from its peak, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, continues to show promise. It holds a strong position in online advertising and is investing heavily in areas such as cloud computing and consumer hardware. Its recent pullback could be seen as a buying opportunity for one of the most consistently high-performing tech stocks. Similar to Meta and Amazon, Alphabet faces potential regulatory risks, including antitrust actions that could force changes in its business practices.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT): Microsoft has experienced a 6.1% increase YTD but is 7% off its peak. Its entrenched position in enterprise software, cloud services, and a growing presence in the gaming industry make it a staple in many investment portfolios. The tech giant’s leadership in the AI space with its investment in OpenAI’s ChatGPT also put Microsoft in a strategic position to gain further upside. The current decline may present a chance to invest in a company known for its stability and regular dividends. One of the key risks to earnings is the increased competition on the cloud services from Amazon and Google, as well as a potential economic downturn.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL): Apple’s slight YTD gain of 0.7% is tempered by a 14.3% fall from its peak. Known for its strong brand and customer loyalty, Apple is expanding its services segment, which could bolster its future earnings. The recent pullback could be seen as a momentary lapse, offering a more affordable entry into a historically robust stock. Investors however should know that the biggest risk for Apple could be China amid trade tension and potential disruptions to its supply chain. It is also a challenge to maintain its high volume in the saturated smartphone market.

Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA): Tesla has had a rough year, being the second-worst performer in the S&P 500, with its shares halving since last July.  Tesla’s risks include production challenges and delivery delays, which can impact investor sentiment. There is also the intense competition in the electric vehicle market from established automakers and startups alike. Furthermore, Tesla’s valuation has often been predicated on high future growth, which could be significantly impacted by any faltering in consumer demand or technological issues. However, for long-term investors who believe in Tesla’s leadership in electric vehicles and renewable energy, the current decline might be viewed as a discount on a company at the forefront of significant industry shifts.

Opportunities to Invest in Tech Giants at a Discount

In conclusion, the current state of the market offers an opportunity for investors who are interested to invest in the growth opportunities offered by the ‘Magnificent 7’ tech giants. While the decline from 2024 highs may signal a red flag to the cautious, it may also represent a strategic entry point for the optimistic long-term investor. The key is to balance the bright spots of innovation and market dominance against the shadows of regulatory scrutiny, market saturation, and geopolitical tensions.

Disclaimer: ProsperUs Head of Content & Investment Lead Billy Toh doesn’t own shares of any companies mentioned.

Billy Toh

Billy is deeply committed to making investment accessible and understandable to everyone, a principle that drives his engagement with the capital markets and his long-term investment strategies. He is currently the Head of Content & Investment Lead for Prosperus and a SGX Academy Trainer. His extensive experience spans roles as an economist at RHB Investment Bank, focusing on the Thailand and Philippines markets, and as a financial journalist at The Edge Malaysia. Additionally, his background includes valuable time spent in an asset management firm. Outside of finance, Billy enjoys meaningful conversations over coffee, keeps fit as a fitness enthusiast, and has a keen interest in technology.

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