US stocks surge ahead of Fed meeting

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US stocks plowed higher Monday
New York - AFP

US stocks plowed higher Monday as the dollar retreated and the market looked ahead to a Federal Reserve policy decision in the next two days.
At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,973.53, up 224.22 points (1.26 percent).
The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 27.54 (1.34 percent) to 2,080.94, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 57.75 (1.19 percent) to 4,929.51.
The dollar's recent gains have raised worries about the drag on US multinationals, but on Monday the euro rose slightly against the greenback, to $1.0590 from $1.0489 Friday.
Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, said data showing tepid growth of just 0.1 percent in US industrial production in February likely lifted confidence the Fed would take a cautious approach to raising near-zero interest rates, probably deciding to hike them later rather than sooner.
The Fed's two-day monetary policy meeting begins Tuesday.

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