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  • Technology stocks lead the broader markets Friday as the S&P 500 tops 1,600. [Technology ETF: Loser Becomes Leader?]
  • Tech companies are trading at cheap valuations compared to non-cyclical sector stocks as investors piled into dividend-yielding utilities and consumer staples.
  • “You have these tech companies that have double-digit earnings growth, no debt, huge cash balances and they’re trading at 12 times forward earnings, while you have a utility in Ohio at 16 times earnings,” James Swanson, chief investment strategist at MFS Investment Management, said in a Wall Street Journal article. “If you don’t think there’s a recession coming, how far do you go with this game?”
  • Nevertheless, tech firms are also jumping on the dividend train as more start giving back to shareholders from their copious cash hoards.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.