Friday, October 08, 2010

Nasdaq drops, S&P dips on worries about tech demand

Tech shares slumped on Wednesday, hit by worries about demand for semiconductors and data storage.

The Nasdaq bore the brunt of the day's selling, led by data system services provider Citrix Systems (CTXS.O). The stock was down in sympathy with small-cap Equinix Inc (EQIX.O), which plunged 33.1 percent to $70.34 after it issued a revenue warning late Tuesday. Citrix slid 14.1 percent to $60.15.

"You are starting to see a natural rotation and some profit taking in the cloud computing sector that has been red hot in the last few months," said TD Ameritrade chief options strategist Joe Kinahan in Chicago.

"So those investors that currently own Citrix are reconsidering the valuation at these levels."

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