Dow Gains 61 in Early Trading
NEW YORK (AP) _ Stock prices have opened higher. The Dow Jones industrial average is up 61 points in today’s early going. Advancers on the New York Stock Exchange hold a 5-2 lead over decliners.
The Nasdaq Composite Index is up 18 points and the S&P 500 Index is up eight points.
Wall Street is kicking off what figures to be an eventful week.
First and foremost, the Federal Reserve holds a two-day meeting on interest rates tomorrow and Wednesday.
Many analysts expect to see a quarter-point hike in short-term rates from the central bank.
At the same time, the second quarter ends on Wednesday, so there could be some window-dressing in the market the next couple days.
Portfolio managers may want to sell underperforming issues and buy stronger stocks to give the impression of a good quarter.
Also, the economic calendar is busy this week, capped off by Friday’s report on June unemployment levels.
Earlier today, the government released a report showing personal incomes rose 0.4 percent in May, with consumer spending up 0.6 percent.
Bond prices are higher on the news.