Don’t Fret the Fed. Buy Meta and These Stocks as Wedbush Sees Tech Rally Momentum.

Sep 19, 2023 | blog

Tech shares have extra room to run, analysts at Wedbush wrote in a notice Tuesday.

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Investors would have purpose to be cautious on tech shares: The sector already has seen large features this 12 months and there’s an opportunity rates of interest might nonetheless go larger. Don’t fret, mentioned analysts at Wedbush, as a result of the artificial-intelligence-led rally can proceed.

The S&P 500 has gained 16% this 12 months however the tech-heavy Nasdaq
has risen a formidable 31%—symptomatic of the investor frenzy over AI that has helped the sector outperform. The query of whether or not or not features can proceed is underscored by the unsure outlook for the Federal Reserve, which has cranked rates of interest to a generational peak over the previous 18 months to tame decades-high inflation.

While the Fed broadly is predicted to carry rates of interest regular when it meets this week, expectations for November stay in flux with one other price hike on the desk, to say nothing of shifting bets on when borrowing prices ultimately might be lowered. 

The drawback for tech traders is what Fed coverage has carried out to bond yields, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury remaining properly above 4%, the highest ranges because the days of the 2008-2009 monetary disaster. Higher returns on risk-free authorities debt give traders fewer incentives to pile into riskier bets like tech shares, weighing on shares.

Nevertheless, analysts led by Dan Ives at Wedbush—famously a tech bull—continued to sound their horn.

“Can tech go higher with a stubborn 4%+ 10-year level?” the group at Wedbush wrote in a notice Tuesday. “We believe tech stocks rip higher into year-end with the new tech bull market here despite the Street’s near-term focus on the Fed, which is starting to finally wave the white flag in our opinion with rate cuts on the horizon in 2024.”

It’s all about AI, Ives and his group mentioned. Optimism over the possibly transformational know-how has been a key issue pushing the tech sector larger in 2023, and the analysts see a brand new stage of the rally rising.

“It’s the rocket ship-like trajectory of AI-driven growth that will hit the shores of the tech industry over the next 12-18 months that speaks to our unabated bullishness for tech stocks,” the Wedbush analyst mentioned. “We enter the next phase of AI spend with hyperscale players Microsoft , Google, and Amazon set to benefit from this massive wave of enterprise spending now underway.”

Wedbush additionally sees an enhancing atmosphere for software program, chips, and digital media development into subsequent 12 months, with the impression of the AI cycle on shopper web beginning with cloud service suppliers like Amazon
(ticker: AMZN) and Alphabet

These two names, together with social media giant-turned AI participant Meta Platforms (META), are Ives’ most popular tech performs with Outperform scores and bullish worth targets. Wedbush sees Amazon hitting $180 a share—up from under $140 on Monday—with Alphabet inventory rising to $160 from $138 and Meta advancing to $350 from under $303.

But different shares ought to profit, too, with Wedbush holding Outperform scores on names together with Wall Street’s darling, AI-exposed chip maker Nvidia
(NVDA), which the analysts see climbing to $600 a share from $440. Tech big and cloud service supplier Microsoft
(MSFT), as properly, is tapped to rally, to $400 from $329.

As noise over the Fed resolution—and the outlook for charges and yields—doubtless reaches fever pitch this week, the truth that Wedbush’s tech bulls stay stalwart could also be another reason for traders to stay calm.

Write to Jack Denton at

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