Tech ETFs Look to Keep Surging

The tech sector could even see more free cash on hand if Congress proceeds with plans to cut down capital gains on repatriated earnings or follow in President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed repatriation tax holiday policy that would encourage large multi-national companies to bring back hundreds of billions of dollars in cash to the U.S. for possible use in dividends, deals or other projects. Trump plans to levy a 10% repatriation tax on U.S. companies’ overseas profits from foreign subsidiaries, compared to the current 35% tax rate.

Looking at XLK’s chart, “Wald noted its recent breakout through five-year resistance, back to relative levels from 2002. Such a relative breakout suggests that technology, which just logged nine-straight weeks of gains, maintains its leadership throughout the course of this year, he said,” according to CNBC.

Year-to-date, investors have added almost $1.2 billion in new assets to XLK, good for one of the best totals among all sector ETFs.

Investors looking for tactical plays on chip stocks, a group that has been a key driver of tech sector upside this year, can consider the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSEArca: SMH) and the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NasdaqGM: SOXX).

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