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Tech earnings propel S&P 500 towards year-end predictions

BIG DAY: Microsoft jumped 7.2%, Alphabet was up 9.7% and Amazon rose 11% after beating profit estimates.

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STOCKS fell so far and so fast in August that at its depth, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index was 15 per cent away from the average year-end prediction of Wall Street strategists.

Now it's 5 per cent - and the gap is set to narrow further after four stocks that already