Stock Market Today: Markets Rally Ahead of Key Inflation Report

Equity markets delivered broad-based gains with the Consumer Price Index on tap for tomorrow.

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Stocks kicked off a pivotal week on an upbeat note, boosted by some blue-chip mergers and acquisitions news and a buoyant reading on consumer expectations. 

Mostly, however, Monday was a "wait-and-see" session. After all, tomorrow's critical reading on inflation and an interest rate announcement from the Federal Reserve later this week are certain to shape where stocks go next.

The best Dow dividend stocks never go out of style, and on Monday two of them contributed to a big day for M&A news. Amgen (AMGN), which deserves a place in just about any portfolio of top biotech stocks, struck an agreement to buy Horizon Therapeutics (HZNP) for $28.3 billion, including debt. The biggest healthcare deal of 2022 gives Amgen control of Horizon’s treatments for rare autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including Tepezza, a blockbuster drug for thyroid eye disease.

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Meanwhile, Dow stock Microsoft (MSFT), which routinely ranks as a top stock pick for billionaires and hedge funds alike, struck a 10-year partnership deal with London Stock Exchange Group (LNSTY). The cloud-computing giant, which acquired a 4% stake in the bourse operator, will provide LSE with next-generation infrastructure, data and analytics.

In economic news, a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that regular folks are feeling better about both the future path of inflation and income growth. Consumers' expectations for inflation over the next one, three and five years decreased smartly, the NY Fed reported. At the same time, expectations for income growth reached a series high.

At the end of the day, markets finished the session with broad-based gains. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.6% to finish at 34,004, while the broader S&P 500 rose 1.4% to close at 3,990. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 1.3% to reach 11,143. 

November's Inflation Report: What to Expect

All eyes are on the last inflation report of 2022, slated for release before Tuesday's opening bell – and just a day before the Federal Reserve's final interest rate decision of the year.

A nasty upside surprise in CPI could complicate the central bank's calculus, and even send stocks into a tizzy. To get a sense of what the experts think about tomorrow's inflation report, have a look at what economists, strategists and other market pros have to say about the pending CPI print

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer,

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

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