Yahoo! Inc. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Among China-Exposed Stocks Sinking

Among stocks with China exposure are AAPL, SWKS, YHOO, FCAU, BAC, AKS, and YUM

by Andrea Kramer

Published on Aug 12, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Once again, China sent shockwaves rippling through the global markets, with the Dow -- which just made a scary-sounding technical pattern -- down triple digits. Among the suffering equities with China exposure are Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU), Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS), and Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). 

The yuan's devaluation and fears of a "currency war" are weighing on many tech and Internet names. AAPL is attempting to recover from earlier losses, up 0.2% at $113.69 -- but still on pace for its eighth straight close beneath its 200-day moving average. What's more, the stock dipped below $110 earlier in the session -- territory not charted since January -- and a continued exodus of bullish analysts and option traders could exacerbate selling pressure on the blue chip.

Meanwhile, SWKS reportedly has the most China exposure of any S&P 500 Index (SPX) component. The shares were last seen 0.5% lower at $88.50. YHOO has surrendered 5.6%, and earlier touched a new annual low of $33.85, suffering in sympathy with China-based retailer Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA), of which YHOO owns a 15% stake. A change of heart among analysts could put added pressure on YHOO, which boasts 19 "buy" or better ratings, compared to eight "holds" and not one "sell." 

Automakers are also taking it on the chin, falling for a second straight day on yuan concerns. FCAU was among the worst hit, and was temporarily halted out of the gate. The shares were last seen 6.5% lower at $15.30, as European stocks just wrapped up their worst day of 2015. Short sellers are likely cheering the drop, as short interest represents over 12 sessions' worth of pent-up buying demand, at FCAU's average pace of trading. 

Financial stocks aren't exempt, with BAC among the sector laggards. The security has shed 3.1% to sit at $17.25, bringing its year-to-date deficit to 3.6%. Steel stocks are also swooning amid demand concerns, with AKS down 3.9% at $3.06. The U.S.-based security has lost nearly half its value in 2015.

Finally, YUM is among the top SPX percentage losers, down 4.1% at $80.13. The Taco Bell and KFC parent has already had its fair share of drama in China, after last year's food safety scandal. The stock has dropped 8.7% so far in August, bringing its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) near 30 -- oversold territory.


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