The technology sector has staged a strong comeback this year and is once again dominating the stock market rally. The hype surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), easing inflation, upbeat corporate earnings, and investors’ flight to mega-cap tech stocks have been driving the sector higher (read:
Tech ETFs Roaring to New 52-Week Highs). Based on data from BofA Global Investment Strategy, U.S. tech stocks are enjoying their greatest outperformance, relative to the S&P 500, in 97 years. This has resulted in a huge rally for leveraged ETFs, with funds targeting FANG stocks and single stocks more than doubling this year. These funds seek to register big gains in a short span. Leveraged ETFs
Leveraged ETFs provide multiple exposures (2X or 3X) to the daily performance of the underlying index. These funds employ various investment strategies, such as the use of swaps, futures contracts and other derivative instruments to accomplish their objectives. Due to their compounding effect, investors can enjoy higher returns in a very short period of time, provided the trend remains a friend (see:
all Leveraged Equity ETFs here). Since most of these ETFs seek to attain their goals on a daily basis, their performance could vary significantly from the performance of their underlying index or benchmark over a longer period when compared to a shorter period (such as weeks, months or years) due to their compounding effect. Investors should also note that leveraged ETFs involve a great deal of risk when compared to traditional funds. They are often more costly and can be less tax-efficient, as they can see capital gains through the use of swaps and other derivative instruments. Solid Sector Fundamentals
Investors are now more confident in the sector's ability to deliver strong growth. This is especially true as the mega-cap tech stocks have strong balance sheets, durable revenue streams and robust profit margins, making them attractive investments. They are better positioned to withstand a possible economic downturn. Additionally, some high-profile tech companies have demonstrated improved cost discipline, leading to better-than-expected earnings improvement.
Additionally, AI has emerged as a significant driver of mega-cap tech's outperformance in recent weeks. The hype around AI has created a positive sentiment around key tech stocks like Nvidia (NVDA) and Microsoft (MSFT). In fact, the five biggest stocks on the S&P 500 — Nvidia, Microsoft, Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL) and Apple (AAPL) — are from the tech sector and now worth nearly $9 trillion. These together account for almost 25% of the S&P 500 (read: ETFs to Bet on Mega-Cap Tech Stocks). The tech leadership is further supported by moderating U.S. inflation and bets that the Fed is nearing the end of its interest rate hiking cycle. As the tech sector relies on borrowing for superior growth, it is cheaper to borrow more money for further initiatives when interest rates are low. Moreover, the sector outlook remains solid given that the global digital shift has accelerated e-commerce for everything, ranging from remote working to entertainment and shopping. The rapid adoption of cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things, wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality, machine learning, digital communication, blockchain and 5G technology will continue to fuel a rally. ETFs on Surge FANG ETFs MicroSectors FANG+ Index 3X Leveraged ETN ( FNGU Quick Quote FNGU - Free Report) , MicroSectors Solactive FANG & Innovation 3X Leveraged ETN ( BULZ Quick Quote BULZ - Free Report) and MicroSectors FANG+ Index 2X Leveraged ETN ( FNGO Quick Quote FNGO - Free Report) have more than doubled this year. Direxion Daily NYSE FANG+ Bull 2X Shares ( FNGG Quick Quote FNGG - Free Report) has doubled so far. FNGU, FNGO and FNGG track the NYSE FANG+ Index, which is an equal-dollar weighted index designed to track the performance of 10 highly-traded growth stocks of technology and tech-enabled companies. BULZ follows the Solactive FANG Innovation Index, which includes 15 highly liquid stocks focused on building tomorrow’s technology today. These large, tech-enabled equity securities are all listed and domiciled in the United States. Single-Stock ETFs GraniteShares 1.5x Long NVDA Daily ETF NVDL and GraniteShares 1.5x Long Meta Daily ETF FBL are the winners, skyrocketing 192.7% and 180%, respectively. The former offers 1.5 times (150%) the daily percentage change of the common stock of NVIDIA, while the latter tracks the 1.5 times the performance of the stock of Meta Platforms (read: Nvidia ETFs Look Strong Ahead of Q1 Earnings). GraniteShares 1.75x Long AAPL Daily ETF ( AAPB Quick Quote AAPB - Free Report) and Direxion Daily AAPL Bull 1.5X Shares ( AAPU Quick Quote AAPU - Free Report) measures 1.75 times (175%) and 1.5 times the daily percentage change of the common stock of Apple. Both ETFs have climbed 61.4% and 52.5%, respectively. Direxion Daily MSFT Bull 1.5X Shares ETF ( MSFU Quick Quote MSFU - Free Report) , offering 1.5 times exposure to Microsoft stock, is up 49%. Broad Tech ETFs Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3X Shares ( TECL Quick Quote TECL - Free Report) targets the broad technology sector with three times exposure to the Technology Select Sector Index. It has gained 86.7% so far this year. Semiconductor, Internet & AI ETFs Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3x Shares ( SOXL Quick Quote SOXL - Free Report) and ProShares Ultra Semiconductors ( USD Quick Quote USD - Free Report) targets the semiconductor corner of the broad technology with three times and two times exposure, respectively. These ETFs has gained about 83% each. Direxion Daily Dow Jones Internet Bull 3X Shares ( WEBL Quick Quote WEBL - Free Report) provides three times the performance of the Dow Jones Internet Composite Index. It has returned 62.5% so far this year. Direxion Daily Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Automation Index Bull 2X Shares ( UBOT Quick Quote UBOT - Free Report) is the leveraged ETF play targeting the AI segment. It offers two times the performance of the Indxx Global Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Thematic Index and is up 58.8% (read: Insights Into 13F Filings: ETFs to Bet Like Billionaires).