Tech rout sinks stocks as lines of defense crumble

THE S&P 500 Index closed at the lowest level since early February while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 459 points Monday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
THE S&P 500 Index closed at the lowest level since early February while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 459 points Monday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE
NEW YORK - The deepening rout in once high-flying technology shares sent U.S. stocks tumbling to start the second quarter, as fresh presidential criticism of Amazon.com and retaliatory tariffs from China rattled markets. Gold rose on haven demand. The S&P 500 Index closed at the lowest level since early February at 2,581.88 and finished below its average…

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