The Nasdaq Composite fell on Monday, as rising bond yields and investors’ bets on an economic rebound later this year weighed on the shares of highflying technology stocks such as Apple and Microsoft .
The tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 1.7% in afternoon trading. The broad-based S&P 500 slipped 0.3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 131 points, or 0.4%.
Tech giants whose shares were recently trading at records posted broad declines. Microsoft dropped 2.4%, while Apple slid 2.2% and Amazon.com shed 1.9%. Electric-car maker Tesla tumbled 5.9%.
Such stocks powered the U.S. stock market’s rebound from the coronavirus selloff just under a year ago, and they also are a favorite of the small investors who have piled into stock and options trading over the past year. But the rally has prompted concerns that megacap tech stocks are overvalued, making them vulnerable to sudden slumps.
Among the factors behind their declines on Monday, investors said, are recent gains in U.S. government-bond yields. Treasurys have sold off in recent weeks as investors have grown increasingly confident about the prospects for an economic recovery, pushing up their yields, which move in the opposite direction from prices. That increases the attractiveness of government bonds—often seen as a safe-haven investment—while reducing the allure of tech stocks.