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American Tech ETFs Leave Chinese Peers in the Dust

A selloff in Chinese tech stocks isn't affecting U.S. FANG ETFs.

By Luke Kawa and Carolina Wilson

(Bloomberg) --Some investors in exchange-traded funds are absorbing a hard lesson about the underperformance of Chinese tech stocks compared with their U.S. peers.

A disappointing earnings report from Tencent Holdings Ltd. sparked a severe selloff in Chinese tech stocks on Wednesday. That’s sent products with significant exposure to the BAT trio -- China’s equivalent of the U.S. FANG quartet -- plummeting.

Seven U.S.-listed ETFs with at least $200 million in assets and a 13 percent cumulative weighting toward Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are down double digits this year.

Meanwhile, funds with disproportionate exposure to the FANG stocks are up big in 2018 despite also getting knocked on Wednesday. The Invesco QQQ Trust Series 1, which tracks the Nasdaq 100 Index, saw its year-to-date outperformance of the Invesco China Technology ETF swell to nearly 40 percentage points.

Fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in August judged long positions in U.S. and Chinese tech behemoths to be the most crowded trade for the seventh month running. Tech industry leaders in each of the world’s two largest economies are considered structural growth stories, with near monopolistic characteristics in some cases.

Invesco QQQ Trust
Invesco QQQ is an exchange-traded fund based on the Nasdaq-100 Index. The Fund will, under most circumstances, consist of all of stocks in the Index. The Index includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization. The Fund and the Index are rebalanced quarterly and reconstituted annually.
Key Statistics
Return As of Date
17 Apr 2019
Assets Under Management
$74584.60M (USD)
1 Month Total Return
Year to Date Return
1 Year Total Return
3 Year Annualized Total Return
Share Outstanding

But the price action in 2018 suggests the two groups shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath.

To contact the reporters on this story: Luke Kawa in New York at [email protected] ;Carolina Wilson in New York City at [email protected] To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeremy Herron at [email protected] Randall Jensen


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