How major US stock indexes fared Monday News Staff

Stocks rallied on Wall Street, pushing the S&P 500 to its biggest gain in nine months.

The 2.4% jump in the benchmark index Monday followed back-to-back weekly losses and came as investors were relieved to see long-term interest rates easing lower in the bond market. Higher interest rates can slow down economic growth and discourage borrowing. Investors were also watching Washington as a big economic stimulus bill advanced to the Senate.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.43% after reaching its highest level in more than a year last week. Technology stocks and smaller companies led the way higher.

On Monday:

The S&P 500 rose 90.67 points, or 2.4%, to 3,901.82.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 603.14 points, or 2%, to 31,535.51.

The Nasdaq rose 396.48 points, or 3%, to 13,588.83.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 74.27 points, or 3.4% to 2,275.32.

For the year:

The S&P 500 is up 145.75 points, or 3.9%.

The Dow is up 929.03 points, or 3%.

The Nasdaq is up 700.55 points, or 5.4%.

The Russell 2000 is up 300.47 points, or 15.2%.

The Associated Press

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