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Tech bellwethers poised at earnings gate

Investors are bracing themselves for more earnings news from some of technology's bellwethers, Microsoft and Apple Computer.

 

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Investors are bracing themselves for more earnings news from some of technology's bellwethers. Microsoft is expected to report a sound quarter. Meanwhile, many wonder how long Apple's slump will last.

 


Windows 2000 a barometer for Microsoft
With the software company slated to report first-quarter earnings that will most likely meet estimates, analysts already have their eyes turned to the next quarter and to Windows 2000 sales.

How far has Apple fallen?
The company has already said that business was off last quarter. The question now, is how long will the malaise continue?

Analysts search AOL for ad slowdown
America Online is likely to be less affected by the decline in online advertising spending that has hit its rivals' earnings, but analysts will watch closely.