Stocks Little Changed Awaiting Tech Earnings

Stocks were little changed Monday as Wall Street looked toward several mega-cap tech earnings reports and the Federal Reserve’s rate policy decision.

The Dow Jones Industrials picked up 51.58 points to 38,161.01.

The S&P 500 index muscled up 6.24 points to 4,897.21.

The NASDAQ added 28.08 points to 15,483.44.

This week marks the busiest slate of the earnings season, with 19% of the S&P 500 reporting earnings. Mega-cap tech names Microsoft, Apple, Meta, Amazon and Alphabet — part of the core group of big tech companies that have led this year’s rally — will be posting their results.

Investors will also keep an eye on several Dow components reporting their quarterly earnings, including Boeing and Merck.

Shares of iRobot plummeted more than 14% following news that Amazon would no longer pursue a deal to acquire the company.

Meanwhile, the Federal Open Market Committee will begin its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. Investors are nearly certain the central bank will keep rates steady. Traders in the fed funds futures market assigned an almost 97% probability the Fed will not cut rates at the upcoming meeting

Prices for the 10-year Treasury gained ground, lowering yields to 4.11% from Friday’s 4.14%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite

Oil prices sagged 84 cents to $77.17 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices surged $4.90 to $2,022.20.