High-growth tech stocks have had to bear the consequences of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive rate hikes since last year. Amid concerns of a recession, most tech stocks have suffered a correction in their share prices due to fears of softening demand.
However, with continued digital transformation and the growing interest in AI, the tech industry is well-positioned to grow.
Earlier this year, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the “disinflationary process” had begun. However, inflation still remains above the central bank’s comfort level, as evidenced by February’s CPI report.
The Fed has indicated that it intends to hike rates higher than previously predicted.
Although the recent bank failures are likely to stop the Fed from undertaking a bigger rate hike at the policy meeting, it is expected to return to its hiking spree once the banking crisis eases.
However, that should not make investors stay away from quality tech stocks.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives believes that cost-cutting by major tech giants will likely show improved profits this year. The recent banking crisis made investors count on reliable tech stocks, as is evident from the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite’s 13.3% increase year-to-date and 3.2% gain over the past month. According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is expected to rise 2.4% year-over-year to $4.50 trillion in 2023.
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)
MSFT develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. It has a market capitalization of $2.03 trillion. Continue reading "2 Tech Stocks For The Long-Term"