On Wall Street, the Chips Are Down

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NEW YORK: If the Dow took a tumble this week, Nasdaq went right off the cliff, dropping more than 127 points, or nearly 8 percent, by Friday. Suddenly tech stocks, always the bulls' most dubious darlings, are about as popular among investors as the Russian ruble. Money writer Pablo Galarza says they had it coming.

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"Tech stocks have been trading on air," he says, noting that the slide probably isn't over yet. Unlike the reason to buy tech stocks -- optimism about the future -- the reason to sell them is concrete: pessimism about the present. "Russia is only a reminder," Galarza notes. "The problems in Asia are still forcing U.S. companies to cut prices and squeeze profits."