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In a resounding rally, U.S. stocks surged on Monday, indicating a positive shift in market sentiment as investors prepared for a pivotal week marked by a Federal Reserve rate decision, employment report, and Apple’s eagerly anticipated earnings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted an impressive gain, surging by 511.37 points, or 1.6%, as it closed at 32,928.96. This robust performance marked the Dow’s strongest showing since early June, providing much-needed optimism to market participants.

The S&P 500, a key barometer of market performance, climbed by 49.45 points, or 1.2%, closing at 4,166.82. This surge represented the S&P 500’s most impressive showing since late August, offering a glimmer of hope for those concerned about recent market turbulence.

The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index also joined the rally, surging by 146.47 points, or 1.2%, to reach 12,589.48. Mega-cap tech stocks, Amazon and Meta Platforms, notably advanced, with gains of 3% and 2%, respectively.

The heightened anticipation of Apple’s upcoming earnings report on Thursday added to the day’s enthusiasm. Notably, Apple, the largest constituent of the S&P 500, finds itself in correction territory, with a 15% decline from its 52-week high.

These significant market movements followed a period of turbulence that saw the S&P 500 entering correction territory last week, with a 2.5% decline. The index had plummeted by more than 10% from its 2023 closing high, and it is currently down by 3.2% for the month of October, potentially marking its third consecutive negative month—a trend not witnessed since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

As the week progresses, investors are closely eyeing the Federal Reserve’s impending decision, scheduled for Wednesday. The central bank is widely expected to maintain its benchmark interest rate at the current level. Given that soaring interest rates have been a chief driver of the recent market correction, investors are keen to see if the Fed hints at a halt in rate hikes. Market participants anticipate that the Fed may at least refrain from raising rates further in 2023.

In the bond market, the 10-year Treasury saw prices receding, pushing yields higher to 4.89%, compared to the 4.84% recorded on the preceding Friday. As is often the case, Treasury prices and yields moved in opposing directions.

Meanwhile, oil prices witnessed a decline, with a $2.95 drop, bringing the price per barrel to $82.59 U.S. Gold prices, on the other hand, registered a gain of $7.20, reaching $2,005.70. These commodities’ price dynamics further underscore the intricate interplay of factors shaping the current market landscape.

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