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FA Center: Here’s what Apple, Facebook and other Big Tech investors can learn from IBM’s antitrust ordeal

Investors are worried about possible federal antitrust action on big technology companies, and that’s one factor contributing to the technology sector struggling in recent weeks.

For example, iShares U.S. Technology ETF IYW, +0.10% is about 4% below its April high, even as the S&P 500 SPX, +0.58% has rallied to a new all-time high.

Investors would do well to review the stock market’s reaction to past antitrust actions. Consider the suit filed in January 1969 against IBM IBM, -0.45% , in which the U.S. government sought to break up the company. Fifty years ago IBM was “Big Blue” — far and away the most dominant technology stock in the S&P 500.

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