In 2022, plenty of investors headed for the exits and it's not hard to see why. Inflation surged to 40-year highs, the Fed is raising interest rates in response, Russia and Ukraine are at war, COVID-19 is still causing supply chain disruptions, and oil prices are elevated. The S&P 500 is flirting with bear-market level drops and the Cboe Volatility Index -- Wall Street's fear gauge better known as the VIX -- is up 82% since the start of the year and illustrating investors' distress.
Take Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU), LendingClub (NYSE: LC), and PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ: PYPL), for example, each down at least 75% from their highs. Roku may not look cheap from the standpoint of traditional value metrics. Shares are changing hands at 99 times trailing earnings, 64 times free cash flows, and four times sales.
Many tech stocks tumbled over the past few months as rising interest rates and other macroeconomic headwinds sparked a retreat toward more conservative investments. Two of the most resilient names were Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL).