The tech rout is getting so bad that even Tencent Holdings Ltd. is struggling to hold above a key technical level.
The shares fell as much as 2.5 percent on Thursday to drop below their 200-day moving average for the first time since 2016. The Shenzhen-based giant, Asia’s biggest company by market value, has now tumbled almost 20 percent since its Jan. 23 high, losing some $114 billion. To put that into context, fewer than 3 percent of Europe’s biggest companies are worth that much.
Risk-averse traders have been dumping tech and Internet stocks worldwide for weeks, unwinding one of last year’s most profitable trades amid concern over lofty valuations. Increasing evidence of a slowing smartphone market added more fuel to the selloff on Thursday, as did a reported U.S. investigation into China’s Huawei Technologies Co. following a ban on ZTE Corp. earlier this month.
Hong Kong-listed Tencent has been a favorite among investors and analysts alike -- it hasn’t had a single sell rating in more than two years. While breaching the 200-day moving average shows just how bearish sentiment has turned on global tech, it doesn’t necessarily spell danger for Tencent, which more than doubled in 2017 after the last time it touched that level.
The shares pared losses to 1.2 percent at the close, to hover just above the 200-day average.
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