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Pro investors braced for more shorting of US tech stocks in next six months


New research from ETP provider GraniteShares shows nearly two out of three professional investors predict shorting of US tech stocks will increase over the next six months with nearly a fifth forecasting a dramatic increase.

Its study with hedge funds, wealth managers, IFAs, fund managers and institutional investors found 63% expect shorting of US tech stocks to increase over the next six months with 18% predicting a dramatic increase.

Just 17% of investors believe the level of shorting will fall over the next six months while 20% believe it will stay the same.

The research was conducted for GraniteShares, which offers UK sophisticated investors a suite of ETPs offering 3x short and 3x long positions on a range of single stock large US tech companies. This includes favourite names for both long and short side investors, including Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Alphabet, Google, Tesla, and Microsoft. GraniteShares also offers baskets or combinations of some of these stocks.

The research found investors believe valuations of popular US tech stocks will remain under pressure over three months and 12 months.

Inflation and central bank concerns have hit tech stocks

Growing concerns about inflation and action from central banks to tighten monetary policy to stop economies overheating has hit tech stock valuations recently and the GraniteShares research shows investors expect the trend to continue.

Nearly half (45%) believe valuations will continue to fall over the next three months with 10% forecasting dramatic falls compared with 32% who expect valuations to increase and 23% who expect shares to trade sideways.

Tech stock sector prospects could improve over 12 months

The picture is slightly brighter over 12 months – 40% are forecasting tech valuations will drop with just 6% expecting dramatic falls compared with 37% who expect increased valuations and 23% who expect valuations to remain broadly the same.

Will Rhind, Founder and CEO at GraniteShares said: “Worries about inflation and concerns about US tech stocks being overvalued have hit share prices recently and the view from professional investors is that will mean a rise in shorting of the stocks for the rest of this year. Nearly two-thirds of professional investors expect shorting to increase and more expect valuations to drop over the next three months and 12 months.”

GraniteShares currently offers 54 exchange traded products (ETPs) listed on the London Stock Exchange. They consist of a suite of index ETPs tracking FAANG stocks and a suite of Short and Leveraged Single Stock Daily ETPs tracking some of the most popular companies in UK and U.S. markets.

Its FAANG, GAFAM and FATANG product suite, offers long, short and 3X leveraged ETFs on FAANG, GAFAM and FATANG indices and can be traded in a single ticker symbol via ordinary brokerage accounts. FAANG consists of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google while GAFAM includes Google, Apple, Facebook Amazon, and Microsoft and FATANG covers Facebook, Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Netflix, and Google.

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