US STOCKS-Wall St falls as Microsoft outlook dents tech stocks, earnings disappoint


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      Microsoft falls on dismal Q3 cloud outlook

      Salesforce, Amazon, other cloud-based stocks drop

      Boeing slides after missing Q4 revenue estimates

      Indexes down: Nasdaq 1.2%, S&P 0.9%, Dow 0.6%

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    By Shreyashi Sanyal and Johann M  Cherian
       Jan 25 (Reuters) - Wall Street benchmarks dropped on
Wednesday as a decline in technology stocks after Microsoft's
downbeat forecast and a bleak quarterly report from Boeing
fanned fears of a recession. 
    Shares of Microsoft Corp  MSFT.O  fell 1.2% after it warned
that growth in its lucrative cloud business could stall, while
its PC unit continues to struggle. Inc  AMZN.O , Salesforce Inc  CRM.N  and
ServiceNow Inc  NOW.N , which have large cloud businesses, fell
about 1% each. The S&P 500 technology index  .SPLRCT  shed 1.3%.
    Other major growth stocks, including Apple Inc  AAPL.O ,
Alphabet Inc  GOOGL.O  and Tesla Inc  TSLA.O , also dropped
between 0.4% and 3%.
    Growth stocks, however, have enjoyed a bounce in January
after a battering last year, with investors now focused on
earnings reports to assess the impact of the Federal Reserve's
rate hikes and to gauge whether the renewed enthusiasm for these
stocks will be sustained.        
    "One of the most resilient sectors in the economy (tech) is
starting to feel the softness coming through," said Larry Adam,
chief investment officer at Raymond James.  
    "Microsoft particularly talked about December - and that's
another shot across the bow to the Fed that they make sure they
do not overtighten and send the economy into a more severe
recession than the one we're getting."     
    An overwhelming majority of traders expect the Federal
Reserve to raise interest rates by another 25 basis points in
its meeting next week.
    They now see the terminal rate peaking at 4.91% in June,
even as Fed policymakers have repeatedly backed taking rates
above the 5% level.  0#FEDWATCH     
    Data later in the week is likely to show December personal
consumption expenditure index (PCE) fell 0.1% from a 0.1% rise
in the prior month. Fourth quarter GDP advance numbers are also
    Dow Jones Industrial Average  .DJI  constituent, Boeing Co
 BA.N  slipped 1.2% as the planemaker's losses widened in 2022
and it missed fourth-quarter revenue estimates.
    At 12:21 p.m. ET, the Dow was down 208.76 points, or 0.62%,
at 33,525.20, the S&P 500  .SPX  was down 34.45 points, or
0.86%, at 3,982.50, and the Nasdaq Composite  .IXIC  was down
139.09 points, or 1.23%, at 11,195.19.
    Abbott Laboratories  ABT.N  fell 1.9%, weighed down by
lower-than-expected medical device sales in the fourth quarter. 
    In a bright spot, AT&T Inc  T.N  jumped 5.4% on
higher-than-expected quarterly subscriber additions, while
Textron Inc  TXT.N  added 0.9% as its revenue beat estimates. 
    News Corp  NWSA.O  jumped 6.1%, leading gains on the S&P
500, after Rupert Murdoch withdrew a proposal to reunite News
Corp and Fox Corp.
    Meanwhile, the New York Stock Exchange said a manual error
triggered a technical issue on Tuesday, preventing the opening
auctions in some listed stocks, leading to widespread confusion
and attracting a review from the U.S. Securities and Exchange
    Declining issues outnumbered advancers for a 2.20-to-1 ratio
on the NYSE and for a 1.92-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.
    The S&P index recorded two new 52-week highs and one new
low, while the Nasdaq recorded 45 new highs and 25 new lows.
 (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal and Johann M Cherian in
Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Medha Singh; Editing by Vinay
Dwivedi and Anil D'Silva)
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