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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, a statue of President George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall faces the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street is pushing higher on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, and tacking more gains onto last week’s rally, its best in more than three months. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks marched higher again on Monday, as Wall Street extended its gains from last week's rally, the market's best in three months.

The S&P 500 rose 1.6 percent, following up on strengthening in stock markets around the world. Big Tech stocks, including Apple and Microsoft, powered much of the gains. Their businesses have proven to be practically impervious to the pandemic, unlike companies that would benefit from a strengthening economy.

The market's latest upward push came as Wall Street appeared to largely shrug off the latest signs that Democrats and Republicans are no closer to reaching a deal on more aid for the economy, which remains hobbled by the pandemic. Over the weekend, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized the latest offer from the Trump administration on a stimulus package as "one step forward, two steps back," while the president's fellow Republicans called it too expensive.

Investors may be betting that Congress will deliver a more generous aid bill after the election, should Democrats regain the majority in Congress, as some polls suggest.

The S&P 500 rose 57.09 points to 3,534.22. The benchmark index is on a four-day winning streak and is now within 1.4 percent of its all-time high set Sept. 2. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 250.62 points, or 0.9 percent, to 28,837.52.

The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, gained 296.32 points, or 2.6 percent, to 11,876.26.

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