Technology now makes up a quarter of the stock market, its biggest weighting since dot-com bubble

  • The sector makes up 25.1 percent of the S&P 500 as of Tuesday's close, its highest weighting since November 2000, according to data from Bespoke Investment Group.
  • "It bears watching for sure," Bespoke said in a note Wednesday. "A weighting of 25%+ is ... nothing to sneeze at."
  • Tech is up 8.4 percent in 2018 and has skyrocketed 35.7 percent over the past year, leaving all other sectors in the dust.
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Technology, this year's best-performing sector, hasn't been this big in more than 17 years.

The sector makes up 25.1 percent of the S&P 500 as of Tuesday's close, its highest weighting since November 2000 — a few months before the dotcom bubble burst — according to data from Bespoke Investment Group.

"It bears watching for sure," Bespoke said in a note Wednesday. "A weighting of 25%+ is ... nothing to sneeze at."

Source: Bespoke Investment Group

Tech is up 8.4 percent in 2018 and has skyrocketed 35.7 percent over the past year, leaving all other sectors in the dust. Some of the best-performing stocks in the sector over the past year include Nvidia and Micron, both of which are up more than 100 percent in that period.

The sector's high weighting may bring up unpleasant memories from when the dot-com bubble burst in the early 2000s, but Bespoke noted valuations for the sector are much lower now than they were back then.

"At current prices, the Tech sector's forward [price to earnings ratio] stands at just 19.16," Bespoke said. "At its peak in March 2000, the P/E ratio was 60."

Bespoke also noted that tech's latest move higher in weighting "has been much more slow and steady" than in the early 2000s.