U.S. stocks rally ahead of Fed decision

U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, ahead of a key policy decision
from the Federal Reserve, as investors digested the latest economic
data, Trend
reports citing Xinhua.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 368.95 points, or 1.09
percent, to 34,086.04. The S&P 500 added 58.83 points, or 1.46
percent, to 4,076.6. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 190.74
points, or 1.67 percent, to 11,584.55.

All the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors ended in green, with
materials and consumer discretionary both up 2.22 percent, leading
the advance.

The Fed is widely expected to raise interest rates by 25 basis
points when concluding a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.

The U.S. central bank increased interest rates for seven times
last year, boosting the target range for the federal funds rate to
4.25-4.5 percent, in a bid to quell inflation.

Its December dot plot hinted that policy makers saw benchmark
rates rising to a median level of 5.1 percent in 2023. Since then,
some Fed officials have suggested the Fed might need to go even

On the economic front, the U.S. Labor Department reported
Tuesday that the U.S. employment cost index, a barometer the
Federal Reserve watches for inflation signs, increased 1 percent in
the fourth quarter of 2022, slightly below the 1.1 percent
consensus and less than the 1.2-percent reading in the third

Meanwhile, New York-based The Conference Board reported that the
U.S. consumer confidence index fell to 107.1 in January from an
upwardly revised 109 in December.

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