Big tech's antitrust wipeout: $33 billion erased from the value of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google after DOJ announces probe
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- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google's share prices fell after the US Department of Justice announced an antitrust investigation into "online platforms."
- As of 5.30 a.m. EST, around $33 billion was wiped off the value of these big tech firms in pre-market trading.
- Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said the DOJ's investigation would be an "overhang" on stocks.
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Billions of dollars are set to be wiped from the value of America's biggest tech firms after the US Department of Justice took the unusual step of announcing an antitrust investigation.The DOJ said Tuesday that it is launching a broad probe into whether "online platforms" are illegally harming their competitors and stifling innovation.
The share price of all four companies took a hit in after-hours trading and the losses continued into pre-market trading on Wednesday morning. Here's how things stood at 5.30 a.m. EST:
- Alphabet: Down 0.96%, wiping $7.6 billion off its value
- Amazon: Down 1%, a $9.8 billion hit to its market cap
- Apple: Down 1.04%, a $6.8 billion drop in value
- Facebook: Down 1.46%, erasing $8.4 billion in value
Google, Amazon, and Facebook might be "very antitrust," and has repeatedly attacked Google over its perceived, but unproven, anti-conservative bias.
Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said the DOJ's investigation represents a "shot across the bow" for big tech, but said it was unlikely to result in drastic action. He added, however, that it could be an "overhang on the stocks," and said investors should focus on the fundamentals of the firms involved.
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