The US tech sector fell sharply during the month of May after U.S. regulators announced they would pursue antitrust action against large technology companies. The big FAMGA, specifically Facebook (ticker: FB), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN) shares dropped off the cliff. Additionaly, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is still unable to rise out of the valley as investors continue to worry about the large size of fines that Alphabet will have to pay, and the enormous impact it will have on its operating income.
Shares of PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL)
have surged from around $US77 ($109) late last year to probe record highs above $US97 in late February on the back of analyst upgrades and overall optimism for the company.
Government shutdown? Nope. Trade war with China? Probably not if talks continue. Recession? Just when it looked like things were slowing down, the data turned positive. The pessimists just couldn’t win.
Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), On Semiconductor (ON) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY) all pushed higher after releasing their quarterly results. Some beat estimates and others merely came in line, but they all gained on hopes that the worst of the industry’s slowdown has passed.
Like its other telco rivals, Telstra operates in an ultra-competitive market with thinning margins and high-capital infrastructure spend. With competitors – including Optus, TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) and Vodafone – spending big on new technology and aggressively pursuing new users and as clients become more choosy when it comes to their telco providers, Telstra faces a lot of challenges on several fronts.