Tech stocks face a 10% drop, warns investor who ran the world’s biggest technology fund

Tech stocks face a 10% drop, warns investor who ran the world’s biggest technology fund

Posted On September 18, 2019 1:42 pm

While President Trump says the U.S. is “locked and loaded” and investors sift through the aftermath of the weekend attack that disrupted Saudi Arabia’s crude output, the Wall Street vet who ran Merrill Lynch’s giant tech fund during the dot-com days issued a warning for those looking to hitch their ride to the tech sector.

A near-term correction is “inevitable,” warns Paul Meeks, portfolio manager at Independent Solutions Wealth Management, in our call of the day.

We’re already seeing red ink spilled all over the premarket, but Meeks’s forecast focuses on the lingering uncertainty of the trade war.

“My typical tech company is deeply embedded in a supply chain between the two nations,” he told CNBC. “We’ve also started to see a decline in the economic growth rate particularly abroad, less drastic here in the states. But a lot of people don’t realize that tech products and services, whether that be sold to the enterprise or sold to the consumer, you know typically are cyclical.”

Hence, Meeks is calling for a near-term drop on the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.29% of 10%, which he says should give investors a chance to sniff out some deals. “I always have my eye on my favorite tech names, and I look for opportunities to buy them on dips,” he explained.

But those deals don’t include tech juggernaut Apple AAPL, +0.54%  , as he believes a secular slump in smartphones will weigh heavily.

“I would like to shift out of those names in this kind of environment and try to find some deals in software,” he said. “The one that I like the most particularly as I exit Apple and increase in the software space is…

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