Playing Tech's Rise and Fall By Tiernan Ray
Highlighted companies/ETFs: iShares Networking Fund (IGN), PowerShares Dynamic Networking Portfolio (PXQ), PowerShares Dynamic Software Portfolio (PSJ), Software HOLDRs (SWH), Internet HOLDRs (HHH), iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Sector Index (IYW), iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Fund (IGW)
Summary: The increasing seasonality of many tech markets may account for the fact that over the past five years the Nasdaq Composite has beaten the S&P 500 in the fourth quarter, and over the past 10 years it has lead the broader index 7 times during the quarter. Strong consumer demand for electronic gadgets and Q4 corporate IT 'budget flush' give reason to believe the trend will continue this year. ETFs may be the best way to play this likelihood: options include the broad-based iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Fund (IGM), or tech sector ETFs capturing the relatively strong Networking or Software sectors, or relatively weak Internet and Semi sectors.
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