Microsoft Kicks Off Tech Earnings Set to Slump Most Since 2016

(Bloomberg) — US technology stocks are about to hit their next hurdle when earnings season for the most influential segment of the S&P 500 Index gets underway in the coming week: vanishing profits.

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The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Stock Index enters this crucial stretch amid a darkening backdrop that short-circuited a strong start to the year. Underscoring the risks ahead, Microsoft Corp., which kicks off the group’s reporting Tuesday, joined Amazon.com Inc. in starting to…

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