- The S&P 1500 energy sector is now worth about $US700 billion, roughly half of Microsoft‘s $US1.4 trillion market value, a development first reported by Bespoke Group on Monday.
- The US energy sector has shed hundreds of billions in market value as the price of oil has plummeted this year.
- On Monday, oil contracts expiring in May fell into negative territory for the first time ever, dragged down as coronavirus tanks global demand.
- Technology companies on the other hand have outperformed the broader market this year.
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The combined market capitalisation of energy companies in the S&P 1500 energy sector is $US700 billion, compared with Microsoft’s $US1.4 trillion market cap, Bespoke Group first reported on Monday. The beleaguered energy sector’s total value also sits just over half of Amazon and Apple, both of which are valued at about $US1.2 trillion.
Energy stocks have been weighed down by sharply declining oil prices. At the beginning of 2020, the S&P 1500 energy sector boasted a combined market value of $US1.27 trillion. The recent sell-off has wiped out 46% of that.
On Monday, the price of oil future expiring in May closed at a record low of about -$US37 per barrel. It marked the first time that the price of oil had fallen below zero. Investors are worried about a supply glut and lack of storage options as the coronavirus pandemic craters global demand.
On the other hand, technology companies have outperformed the broader market since coronavirus spurred a large sell-off beginning in mid-February. Microsoft was up 11% year-to-date through Monday’s close, while Amazon gained nearly 30% over the same period. Apple has declined nearly 6%, outpacing the S&P 500’s 13% fall this year.
The energy sector is now the smallest of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 1500 index, according to Bespoke Group. Energy makes up 2.63% of the index, lagging behind the next smallest sector, materials, at 2.65%.
Technology is the largest sector in the S&P 1500, making up nearly 25% of the index. That’s 10 times more than the energy sector.
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