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Wall Street Claws Back Some Losses     09/28 16:16

   Stocks notched solid gains Monday as Wall Street clawed back some of its 
sharp and sudden September losses.

   (AP) -- Stocks notched solid gains Monday as Wall Street clawed back some of 
its sharp and sudden September losses.

   The S&P 500 rose 1.6%, its third straight gain. The benchmark index was 
coming off its first four-week losing streak in more than a year and is on 
track to close out September with a loss of 4.2% after five months of gains.

   The market's gains were widespread, with more than 90% of the stocks in the 
S&P 500 higher. Big Tech stocks, which have been getting the most criticism for 
getting too expensive following their strong pandemic run, did the heaviest 
lifting. Several companies announced big mergers and acquisitions, which helped 
to push markets higher.

   Optimism that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will reach a deal on 
another coronavirus relief bill also helped put investors in a buying mood, 
said Nela Richardson, investment strategist at Edward Jones.

   "There's real concern about a second wave of infections, concern that we're 
just riding the coattails of growth that happened after the economy opened up 
in May," Richardson said. "Anything that looks like new lifeblood for the 
economy is read as a positive stimulus."

   The S&P 500 rose 53.14 points to 3,351.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average 
gained 410.10 points, or 1.5%, to 27,584.06. The Nasdaq composite climbed 
203.96 points, or 1.9%, to 11,117.53. Traders also bid up smaller company 
stocks, sending the Russell 2000 small-cap index up 35.43 points, or 2.4%, to 
1,510.34.

   One of the big worries hurting stocks this month has been fears that the 
market climbed too high and got too expensive through its 60% rally from late 
March into early September. But several companies announced big mergers and 
acquisitions, which show that at least some CEOs see value at current prices.

   Energy stocks made broad gains after Devon Energy and WPX Energy agreed to 
combine in an all-stock deal. Devon Energy led the S&P 500 companies higher, 
climbing 11.1%. WPX Energy rose 16.4%.

   Cleveland-Cliffs jumped 11.6% after it said it will buy the U.S. business of 
steelmaking and mining giant ArcelorMittal for $1.4 billion. ArcelorMittal's 
U.S.-listed stock rose 10.6%.

   Another strong gainer was Uber, which rose 3.2% after it won an appeal that 
will allow it to keep operating in London.

   Big Tech stocks powered much of the S&P 500's gains. Amazon climbed 2.5%, 
Apple rose 2.4% and Microsoft gained 0.8%. These companies are massive, which 
gives their stock movements much more sway over the S&P 500 and broad-market 
indexes than other stocks.

   Several factors have been behind the S&P 500's abrupt drop this month, which 
halted a remarkable return to record heights for Wall Street even as the 
pandemic continued to rage.

   Many of those factors are still in place, which means analysts along Wall 
Street say the tumultuous trading may not be over.

   "We're not out of the woods yet," Richardson said. "Investors should expect 
volatility, especially as we get closer to the election."

   Investors are still waiting for Congress to deliver another round of support 
for the economy after extra unemployment benefits for workers and other 
stimulus expired. Tensions are still rising between the United States and 
China. And the upcoming U.S. presidential election still means plenty of 
uncertainty for investors, from what it could do to corporate tax rates to how 
long markets will need to wait until after Election Day to discover the winner.

   The latest monthly employment report from the government on Friday could 
help shed some more light on the economic recovery, but it could also mean more 
volatility for the markets, said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer for 
Commonwealth Financial Network..

   "This week's going to be all about the jobs numbers, that's the elephant in 
the room," he said.

   Countering those uncertainties, though, is the tremendous support that the 
Federal Reserve is continuing to provide markets and the economy. So are 
investors' rising hopes that a vaccine for COVID-19 could become available as 
soon as early 2021.

   European stock markets rallied broadly. The Germany DAX returned 3.2% and 
the French CAC 40 rose 2.4%. The FTSE 100 in London gained 1.5%.

   In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.3%, as did South Korea's Kospi. The Hang 
Seng in Hong rose 1%, and stocks in Shanghai slipped 0.1% after China's 
statistical bureau reported that industrial profits rose 19% in August from a 
year earlier, as the economy recovered from the pandemic downturn.

   The yield on the 10-year Treasury held steady at 0.66%.

 
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