Nasdaq, S&P 500 Snap Losing Streaks Amid Tech Strength

Investors are focused on the FOMC's two-day meeting

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Mar 18, 2024 at 4:26 PM
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Wall Street regained some optimism on Monday, as Nvidia (NVDA) and Alphabet (GOOGL) rallied. Traders also patiently awaited the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) two-day meeting, which kicks off tomorrow and will bring the the central bank's interest rate decision on Wednesday. Amid this anticipation, the Dow added 75 points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq snapped three-day losing streaks.

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

Closing Indexes Summary March 18

NYSE and Nasdaq Stats March 18

5 Things to Know Today

  1. United Airlines (UAL) CEO Scott Kirby said the company will review its safety training for employees after recent incidents during its flights. (MarketWatch)
  2. Homebuilder sentiment rose to 51 in March on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, its highest level since July. (CNBC
  3. Potential sale push pushed HashiCorp stock higher.
  4. Chip name looks to build advanced packaging capacity.
  5. Morgan Stanley says PepsiCo stock is now "undervalued."

There were no notable earnings reports today.

Unusual Options Activity March 18

Oil Edged Higher on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Oil prices hit their highest level in more than four months on Monday, following news that Ukraine's continued attacks on Russia's energy facilities may have impacted its refining capacity. April-dated West Texas Intermediate (WTI) added $1.68, or 1.8%, to settle at $per barrel on the day.

Gold prices settled higher as well, as traders eyed the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision. April-dated gold rose $2.80, or 0.1%, to settle at $2,164.30 per ounce on the day.

 

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