S&P 500 closes little changed Monday as traders await Fed policy meeting: Live updates

Stocks closed near the flat line Monday as investors geared up for the Federal Reserve’s meeting scheduled for later in the week.

The S&P 500 inched higher by 0.07% to 4,453.53, while the Nasdaq Composite added 0.01% to finish at 13,710.24. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 6.06 points, or 0.02%, to end at 34,624.30.

The Fed’s two-day policy meeting begins Tuesday. Traders are assigning a 99% chance that the central bank stays put when it releases its rate decision on Wednesday, according to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool, which gauges pricing in the fed funds futures market. The central bank will also release its market forecasts on Wednesday.

There’s less agreement about what the Fed will do in November, with the market expecting an approximately 31% probability of a hike. Goldman Sachs’ economists said over the weekend that an increase in November would be unlikely.

“There are some question marks: Everyone knows that they’re going to stay put for this meeting, but then what is their messaging going to be going forward?,” said Stephanie Lang, CIO at Homrich Berg. “It’s a wait-and-see moment to see what kind of forward guidance we’re getting from the Fed.”

Apple climbed 1.7%. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley both gave optimistic outlooks for new iPhone demand.

Meanwhile, Ford slid more than 2% as the United Auto Workers’ strike continued. Stellantis and General Motors, the other automakers facing off with the union, each shed more than 1%.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both ended the previous trading week down, marking their second straight week of losses. The Dow finished the week 0.1% higher.