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US stocks rise as investors build on soft-landing optimism after best week since November

nyseTraders gather on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, March 18, 2016.

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  • US stocks climbed Monday, coming off Friday’s rally and an upbeat jobs report.
  • In December, wages increased less than expected and nonfarm payrolls were slightly higher than expected.
  • The consumer price index report for December comes out Thursday.

US stocks climbed Monday as the investors remained optimistic about a soft landing after Friday’s monthly jobs report.

In December, payrolls expanded more than expected while wage growth grew less than expected, signaling the Federal Reserve’s policy tightening may be having the intended effect of slowing the economy just enough to cool inflation and avoid a recession.

On Thursday, the consumer price index report is due, providing another key indicator on the direction of inflation. 

Here’s where US indexes stood as the market opened 9:30 a.m. on Monday: 

But analysts have cautioned that markets will see choppiness in the near-term as the central bank continues to respond to economic data. 

“The market’s day-to-day swings last week may symbolize a larger, longer-term tug-of-war that could play out this year,” according to Chris Larkin, managing director of trading at E-Trade from Morgan Stanley. “In addition to the probability of interest rates remaining high and a possible economic slowdown, any bullishness triggered by slowing inflation may be offset by stocks still-high valuations and overly optimistic earnings expectations.”

Here’s what else is going on: 

In commodities, bonds, and crypto: 

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