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The Dow booked its best day since February on Monday, after stocks booked a brutal month of September, as expectations for a potential pause in rate hikes from the Federal Reserve after December gathered steam. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose about 765 points, or 2.7%, ending near 29,490, which was its best daily percentage gain since February 25, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The S&P 500 index

gained 2.6%. The Nasdaq Composite Index

advanced 2.3%. Stocks kicked off October on a high note, after booking their worse first 9 months of a year in two years. The rally came as the surging dollar

against a basket of rival currencies took a breather and the benchmark 10-year Treasury rate retreated from its recent high of 4%, near 3.7% on Monday. Fed-funds futures traders on Monday also were pricing in a less dramatic rise in the central bank’s policy rate in early 2023, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.

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