Once upon a time, long ago, technology stocks accounted for over one-third of the S&P 500′s market capitalization. In just a few short years, the bursting of the Internet Bubble halved that amount. Even so, technology is still one of the largest sectors of the market–and also one of the most popular among fund managers.
According to Merrill Lynch, over 40% of domestic equity managers were overweighting tech at the beginning of the year. While there are numerous reasons for the popularity of this view, most center on growing earnings and vastly improved balance sheets.
The red-hot IPO market has been another draw. Huge one-day pops from companies such as VMWare and Constant Contact have thrust technology companies into the limelight. Recent interest rate cuts are also playing right into the hands of technology investors, since such companies usually borrow money at variable interest rates.