U.S. stocks seesawed Monday as the three major averages come off their best week in more than a year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed about 120 points, or 0.3%. The S&P 500 ticked up 0.2%, after being down 0.4% at its lows of the day. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was near flat, off its session low of being down 1.2%.

Last week, the three major averages notched their best week since November 2020, boosted largely by growth stocks.

“The rally in equities over the past week was one of the sharpest on record. While it could go a bit higher … we remain convicted it’s still a bear market and we would use this strength to position more defensively,” Morgan Stanley’s Michael Wilson said in a note Monday.

On Monday, Boeing dropped about 3% after a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed, weighing on the Dow.

Rising rates appeared to hit tech stocks, as the benchmark 10-year yield climbed about 0.1 percentage points to top 2.2%. Information technology and communications services were the worst-performing sectors in the S&P 500 on Monday. Facebook parent Meta lost about 2% and Microsoft ticked marginally lower.

On the upside, energy stocks rallied Monday as oil prices rose. Occidental Petroleum and Marathon Oil were among the top gainers on the S&P 500, respectively rising more than 8% and 7%.

Brent crude gained about 5% to surpass $110 a barrel, as European Union nations considered joining the U.S. in an embargo on Russian oil.

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The S&P 500 recouped nearly half of its correction losses last week as investors received highly anticipated clarity from the Federal Reserve, which raised interest rates for the first time since 2018. The central bank signaled it expects to raise rates at its remaining six meetings this year. 

Market participants are also monitoring the war between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned if peace talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin fail, it would mean the start of a “third world war.”

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Ukrainian and Russian officials have met intermittently for peace talks, which have failed to progress to key concessions. Ukraine has also rejected an ultimatum to surrender the city of Mariupol to Russian troops.

Investors are also evaluating a rise in Covid cases in Europe stemming from an emerging variant.

“We still don’t believe a sustainable bottom is in place, given our views that the geopolitical situation remains extremely fluid, inflation should continue to come in hot, and the growth outlook is weakening,” Wolfe Research’s Chris Senyek said in a note Monday.

The economic calendar is relatively light this week, but several companies report earnings. Nike and Tencent Music report quarterly results after the market closes Monday.

—CNBC’s Patti Domm contributed to this report.


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