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Market Pulse: Dow jumps 406 points, and Nasdaq Composite’s 3.4% Monday rally cuts brutal monthly loss but still results in worst January since 2008 financial crisis

U.S. stock benchmarks on Monday capped a topsy-turvy month with a powerful flourish higher. which helped to avert the sharpest January decline on record for the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +3.41%. Strategists attributed some of Monday’s buys to a hunt for bargains among the beaten-down names.

Markets broadly have been wrestling with the prospect of tighter monetary policy, which is forcing a massive repricing of the shares of once-highly flying technology and growth-oriented companies.

January’s bout of turbulence has been catalyzed by a surge in inflation and labor shortages that have prompted the Federal Reserve to accelerate plans for ending a prolonged period of easy-money that has helped to foster speculative buying.

The Nasdaq Composite Index rose by about 470 points, or 3.4%, to around 14,240, on a preliminary basis
The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.89% closed 84 points, or 1.9%, to about 4,515.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.17% climbed 406 points, or 1.2%, to 35,131.
For the month, the Dow ended down 3.3%, which was only its worst month since a 3.7% decline in November. The S&P 500, meanwhile, closed 5.3% lower and the Nasdaq Composite ended January down 8.98%; It was the worst monthly decline for both of those indexes since March of 2020, the height of pandemic-drive selling. It also was the worst January decline for the Nasdaq Composite since a 9.89% decline in 2008.

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