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The trading day saw the S&P 500 Index ($SPX) (SPY) close up by +0.63%, while the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) (DIA) managed to gain +0.20%. On the tech front, the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) (QQQ) surged ahead by +0.99%

Monday brought about a resurgence in stock prices, with megacap tech stocks leading the charge. Tesla celebrated a more than +6% increase following the announcement of a price hike for its Model Y cars in April. Meanwhile, Alphabet saw a boost of over +4% after reports of potential collaboration between Apple and Google for the Gemini AI engine.

Focus on FOMC Meeting

The upcoming FOMC meeting is set to become the focal point for market observers this week. All eyes are on the Fed maintaining its current federal funds target range of 5.25%-5.50%, with the market eagerly awaiting updated projections to gauge the trajectory of future interest rate adjustments. Furthermore, Federal Reserve Chair Powell’s post-meeting remarks post Wednesday will provide crucial insights into the Federal Reserve’s future policies moving forward.

The unexpected rise in the US Mar NAHB housing market index to an 8-month high of 51 has set the stage for potential market shifts, with rate cut expectations currently pegged at 1% for the upcoming FOMC meeting, 9% for the subsequent meeting in April, and 60% for the meeting scheduled in June.

Global Markets

Overseas markets painted a mixed picture on Monday, with the Euro Stoxx 50 showing a slight decline of -0.07%. China’s Shanghai Composite recorded an increase of +0.99%, while Japan’s Nikkei Stock Index displayed robust growth, closing up by +2.67%.

Interest Rate Landscape

The 10-year T-note yield witnessed a rise of +2.6 bp to 4.332%, impacting T-note prices. Market dynamics pushed the 10-year breakeven inflation rate to a 1-1/2 week high of 2.330%. Meanwhile, European government bond yields displayed a mix of movements as investors navigated varying yield trajectories in major European markets.

Notable Stock Movements

Several key players in the stock market made significant moves on Monday, with Tesla, Alphabet, Nuvei Corp, HashiCorp, PepsiCo, CoStar Group, Carlyle Group, Fastenal, Science Applications International, Shift4 Payments, B Riley Financial, and Viatris dominating the headlines.

While specific reasons propelled these stocks, the market reactions highlighted the continued vibrancy and dynamism characterizing the current trading environment.

Challenges and Setbacks

Despite the overall positive sentiment, not all companies saw gains on Monday. Boeing faced a decline of more than -1% amid ongoing legal scrutiny, signaling rough waters ahead for the aerospace conglomerate. Furthermore, Science Applications International and Shift4 Payments faced setbacks following earnings reports that failed to meet market expectations.

Earnings Reports on the Horizon

As investors gear up for impending quarterly reports, upcoming updates from companies such as Smartsheet Inc, Core & Main Inc, Design Therapeutics Inc, Harrow Inc, HealthEquity Inc, Mitek Systems Inc, Precigen Inc, Terawulf Inc, and Waldencast plc are poised to influence market sentiments in the days ahead.

Stay tuned for more insightful stock market news and analysis from Barchart as the market continues to evolve and respond to external stimuli and internal dynamics.

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