The ongoing geopolitical situation and rising inflationary pressure continue to impact the technology sector with 24 of the top 25 technology companies reporting a combined loss of $3,3-trillion in their market capitalisation (MCap) in Q2 2022, finds GlobalData.
Ragupathy Jayaraman, business fundamentals analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Surging inflationary pressures and a hike in interest rates by the Federal Reserve resulted in a broad selloff in technology stocks in Q2.”
Meta, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google (FAAMG) stocks, along with Taiwan Semiconductor and Nvidia were the seven companies that lost over $100-billion in valuation each, with Apple losing the most with $636,7-billion.
Apple kicked off the year by becoming the first company to reach the milestone of $3-trillion in valuation. However, within the next two quarters the company’s valuation dropped to $2,2-trillion, primarily due to various factors such as Fed rate hikes, increasing inflationary pressures, weakening consumer confidence and global supply chain challenges.
Microsoft’s valuation dropped by $390,5-billion in Q2 compared to Q1, although the company is expected to bounce back to its previous quarter levels due to its full year results this month.
Jayaraman adds: “Besides the impact of the Fed’s decision to increase interest rates to counter rising inflation, Meta’s stocks were also affected by Apple’s recently released changes to iOS and its Safari browser that limited Meta’s ads monetisation capability. The company lost more than 50% of its valuation in H1 2022.”
Though Google has consistently maintained its $1.5-trillion valuation in the past few quarters, it lost around $400-billion valuation in Q2 2022 compared to the previous quarter. Soaring inflationary pressures and interest rate hikes continued to impact the company’s stocks. The possibility of an impending recession also hurt its shareholders’ sentiments.
Semiconductor majors Nvidia and Taiwan Semiconductor also reported over $100-billion declines in their MCap in Q2. Nvidia’s decline can be attributed to the global shortage of chips, supply chain constraints, and the continuous decline in demand for GPUs. Despite losing $100-billion valuation in the current quarter, Taiwan Semiconductor’s stocks are expected to soar by 50% in the long-term.
An enhanced focus on cloud and AI streams allowed IBM to be the only company in the top 25 that reported a gain in valuation in Q2 versus Q1.