Companies including eBay (EBAY), Intel (INTC) and Google (GOOG) dipped after posting results that missed Wall Street expectations, but the biggest loser was Microsoft (MSFT), whose earnings were handcuffed by a Surface tablet-related charge and whose shares got knocked around by more than 11%.
But if you take a minute to shake off last week’s jab, you’ll remember that long-term, technology as a sector provides all sorts of opportunity for snagging nice returns. Broadly speaking, humans are becoming nothing if not more reliant on technology. And right now, critical megatrends like mobile, cloud computing, social media and Big Data are all helping to drive growth in the sector.
But if you’re not quite sure where to fish in tech stocks, consider jumping into an exchange-traded fund instead. These funds give you exposure to a number of these trends, and help protect your backside from poor single-stock performances.
Here are three to consider: