Dow ekes out gain as U.S. stocks end mostly lower


The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed slightly higher Monday, clinging to gains after President Joe Biden announced that he picked Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to serve a second term. The Dow DJIA, +0.05% gained less than 0.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite COMP, -1.26%, a technology-heavy index viewed as sensitive to moves in interest rates, closed about 1.3% lower, and the S&P 500 SPX, -0.32% slipped about 0.3%, according to preliminary data from FactSet. Although the S&P 500 slipped slightly, the index’s financial sector rose more than 1%, FactSet data show. Shares of Wall Street banks rallied Monday, with Wells Fargo & Co. WFC, +3.11% rising about 3% and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. GS, +2.26%, JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, +2.13% and Morgan Stanley MS, +2.49% all rising more than 2%, preliminary data from FactSet show. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, 1.629% rose 9 basis points to 1.625%, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

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