It has been a tough yr for the tech sector, as traders pulled out of development shares comparable to tech amid hovering inflation, rate of interest hikes and different headwinds which have left traders clamoring for safer bets. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is down round 30% this yr. That is worse than the broad-based S & P 500 , which has fared higher, with a 17% decline in the identical interval. In the meantime, layoffs and different cost-cutting measures at huge tech corporations comparable to Amazon, Meta , Tesla and even Microsoft have added to the pessimism within the sector. Investor confidence within the sector might have been battered, however prime tech investor Paul Meeks stated he is now “extra bullish” on it than he was in latest months, although he stays selective. E-commerce Meeks is avoiding the e-commerce house altogether, citing issues about “lackluster” on-line Christmas spending in the USA and the return of Covid shutdowns in China. “In China, I used to be beginning to really feel higher concerning the prospects for on-line gross sales development as the federal government had began to chill out laws on Chinese language know-how firms and since there have been fewer Covid-19 restrictions, however, after all, now pandemic shutdowns are again in that nation,” Meeks, portfolio supervisor at Unbiased Options Wealth Administration, stated in notes shared with CNBC. “Subsequently, it is also too dangerous to speculate a lot in these Chinese language [internet] shares now though I favor them to their U.S. counterparts since they’ve higher potential upside when China’s economic system reaccelerates as a result of their valuations are less expensive and thus, they’re extra enticing than their U.S. brethren,” he added. Among the many world’s main e-commerce shares, Meeks stated he prefers JD.com to Alibaba and Amazon , although he prompt that “traders wait to purchase any of them.” Cyber shares Cyber shares, like practically every thing else within the broader tech sector, have not been spared from this yr’s tech rout. However they have been extra resilient than the remainder of the sector. The First Belief Nasdaq Cybersecurity ETF (CIBR) and the iShares Cybersecurity and Tech ETF (IHAK) are each down by about 22% this yr, lower than the Nasdaq’s 30% drop. And Meeks is a fan. “I proceed to love cybersecurity, which can develop via any kind of recession. There’s a firm referred to as Palo Alto Networks. I nonetheless suppose the cloud has loads of legs, not simply within the US, but in addition overseas,” he instructed CNBC’s ” Avenue Indicators Asia ” on Tuesday. Meeks is not the one one bullish on Palo Alto . About 90% of analysts overlaying the inventory gave it a “purchase” ranking and a mean upside of 27.5%, in response to FactSet knowledge. Inside the cloud phase, Meeks likes Arista Networks , Microsoft , Oracle and knowledge storage agency Pure Storage . Semiconductors It has been a tough yr thus far for the once-booming semiconductor sector. In an indication of simply how bearish the market has turned on it, the ProShares UltraShort Semiconductors ETF , an inverse exchange-traded fund that bets towards the sector, has returned practically 29% this yr, whereas the PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index (SOX) is down about 32% in the identical interval. The semiconductor sector has, nevertheless, recovered barely, with the SOX up 14.9% for the reason that finish of the third quarter. Meeks counts a number of chip shares in his portfolio, preferring names with publicity to the commercial and auto sector. His picks embrace NXP semiconductors , ASML , Broadcom and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Firm .