Apple, Facebook And Netflix Stocks Surge On Expectations For Strong Earnings Sending S&P, Dow And Nasdaq Indexes To Record Highs

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Big technology bellweathers were hit hard in a broader market downturn on Wednesday, but investors shouldn't get distracted by the sudden sell-off, according to one tech analyst. 

The so-called FANG stocks -- Facebook Inc. (FB) , Apple Inc. (AAPL) , Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) -- all ended Wednesday lower, along with a steep drop in chip names including Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) and Micron Technology (MU) , driving the Nasdaq to experience its worst day in three months.

By Thursday, many tech stocks had rebounded from yesterday's sell-off, however. A half hour before Thursday's close, Facebook and Apple were back in the green, while Netflix and Alphabet remained lower. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was increasing 0.6%, while the S&P 500 was up 0.7% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 1.2%. 

The recent selloff is likely a result of investors rotating out of the tech sector and into bank, finance and transportation names. 

"We see at as a rotational trade that is a blip for these names over the next 3 to 6 months as tech investors were taking profits after a massive run," said GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives. "We view yesterday's sell-off as healthy but not start of a broader negative trend as we see strong underlying growth drivers and multiple expansion ahead." 

Investors in FANG stocks and other big tech names have benefited from a "stellar" earnings season and strong e-commerce sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Ives added.

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Across the board, Silicon Valley giants beat Wall Street's expectations during the third quarter. As TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa noted, that trend was likely due to a virtuous cycle of increased consumer spending on tech products and apps, FANG companies' massive scale, as well as increased spending on data centers and software. 

Even after Wednesday's sell-off, the S&P 500's tech sector is still the biggest gainer of 2017. The sector has climbed 35.7% year to date, compared to the S&P 500's gain of 18.2% so far this year. 

Silicon Valley is also poised to benefit from the possibility of incoming tax reform, which could serve as a major tailwind for tech stocks by year's end, Ives noted. Market watchers expect the tax bill to include a repatriation policy that would push tech companies to bring some offshore cash back to the U.S., which could be used on M&A, share buybacks and other investments. Apple, Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL) are among the biggest winners from tax reform, he added. 

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