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Tariff Protection for Your Portfolio -- ICYMI

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Published 3 weeks ago - Duration: 03:55s

Tariff Protection for Your Portfolio -- ICYMI

President Trump's tariffs are wreaking havoc in the U.S. stock market, but investors may have dragged down some stocks that don't deserve it.

First off, the S&P 500 is down 4.6% since May 3, the last trading day before Trump did his one-eighty on China.

Stocks with part of their supply chains originating in China, like General Motors and Ford, or much of the iShares S&P semiconductor ETF , are down considerably since then.

But some of the big tech names heavily centered on services -- and with no direct exposure to tariffs -- are also down considerably since May 3.

Of course, there are factors other than trade for investors to consider, but it's notable that these stocks have been hit so hard in this time span.

Facebook is down 7.6% since that date.

Alphabet is down 4.2% since then.

Netflix is down 9.3%.

Goldman Sachs strategists reminded investors in a note out May 13, "Services firms are less exposed to trade policy and have better corporate fundamentals than goods companies and should outperform even if the trade tensions are ultimately resolved." Still, it's possible an economic slowdown caused partially by a trade war may put pressure on ad prices for Facebook and Google, if products advertised on those two platforms are forced to drop prices.

However, there has not been any evidence from tech and FAANG analysts to support that.

Meanwhile, Tesla , TheStreet's premium sister publication Real Money's stock of the day, has seen several analysts revise downward their estimates on the stock, and Real Money's Bruce Kamich says the stock is indicating even lower.

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