BRING ME THE BLEACH: INVESTORS SEEK STABILITY AS STOCKS FALL
Goodbye iPhones and Facebook feed. Hello power plants and bleach.
Since stocks began tumbling two months ago, investors haven’t abandoned the market. At least, not all of it. In recent weeks, as they’ve pulled money out of funds that invest in gogo technology companies, they’ve also been buying utilities, companies that make everyday necessities for consumers and other stocks that tend to have smaller swings in price than the rest of the market.
It’s part of a big shift in investor behavior as fears about rising interest rates, a global trade war and slowing economic growth around the world have roiled markets. The S&P 500 plunged as much as 2.2 percent Tuesday, with technology stocks again suffering particularly sharp losses, and the index has lost nearly 10 percent since setting its record on Sept. 20.
Technology stocks’ fall marks a big turnaround from earlier this year, and from much of the bull market that began nearly a decade ago.