The stock market climbs ahead of this week’s Fed meeting

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From Ken Martin:

U.S. stocks. secured gains to start the week ahead of the Fed’s two-day policy meeting which begins on Tuesday.

The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.6 percent, while the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted slight gains.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 26112.53 +22.92 +0.09%
SP500 S&P 500 2889.67 +2.69 +0.09%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 7845.024273 +48.37 +0.62%

Healthcare stocks were among the top performers after Pfizer announced plans to pay over $10 billion for cancer company Array BioPharma. The offer of $48 per Array share represents a premium of about 62 percent to the stock’s close on Friday.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
PFE PFIZER INC. 42.88 +0.12 +0.28%
ARRY ARRAY BIOPHARMA 46.44 +16.85 +56.94%

Elsewhere, Target shares fell after disclosing a massive outage of registers nationwide over the weekend which meant customers could not check out with credit cards. An outage at NCR, its vendor, being flagged as the culprit. Those shares fell in tandem.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
TGT TARGET CORP. 87.14 -0.65 -0.74%
NCR NCR 31.07 -0.27 -0.86%

Many investors turned their focus to the Federal Reserve. as policymakers kicked-off a two-day meeting, with a decision on interest rates expected Wednesday, followed by a press conference with Chairman Jerome Powell. Currently, traders are not expecting any change at the June meeting according to the CME’s FedWatch Tool., however, there is a bias growing for a potential rate cut in July. Either way, the Fed’s statement on Wednesday is expected to hold valuable clues as to the Fed’s timing around a possible cut.

In trade, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. signaled any potential final trade deal with China. is months away after talks broke down last month, comments that come as U.S. businesses, mainly retailers,  headed to Capitol Hill in droves to oppose new tariffs. on the Asian nation. Ross did say any meeting between Trump and President Xi Jinping at the upcoming G-20 summit in Japan, would be a positive step to relaunch of negotiations between the U.S. and China.

Ticker Security Last Change %Chg
BA BOEING COMPANY 354.90 +7.74 +2.23%

Boeing. shares gained after the planemaker raised its rolling 20-year industry forecast for passenger aircraft to $8.7 trillion.

In economic news, U.S. home-builder confidence slipped in June, a sign of weakening sentiment in a key sector of the economy. The National Association of Home Builders housing market index fell to 64 this month from an unrevised level of 66 in May, the trade group said Monday.

The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust (DIA) rose $0.10 (+0.04%) in after-hours trading Monday. Year-to-date, DIA has gained 6.66%, versus a 8.87% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

DIA currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #4 of 82 ETFs in the Large Cap Value ETFs category.

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