Dow clings to gains as U.S. stocks end mostly lower Monday after Biden picks Powell as Fed Chair

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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 gained less than 0.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite , a technology-heavy index viewed as sensitive to moves in interest rates, closed about 1.3% lower, and the S&P 500 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. rising about 3% and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. , JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley all rising more than 2%, preliminary data from FactSet show. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose 9 basis points to 1.625%, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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