Stocks are lower

Stocks started the week red on Monday after a rally that took the indexes to the best levels of the year last week.

Just after the open, the Dow fell by as many as 36 points, the S&P 500 was down 5 points, and the Nasdaq was down 10 points.

The energy sector led losses with a 1% decline in early trading. Crude oil prices were also lower, with West Texas Intermediate crude slipping 3% to as low as $37.25 per barrel.

Southwestern Energy and Chesapeake were the two biggest decliners on the S&P 500.

Ahead of the market open, we got some notable M&A headlines.

Starwood Hotels announced that it received an unsolicited buyout offer from a consortium led by China’s Anbang Insurance Group. The offer seeks to derail Starwood’s merger with Marriott that would create the world’s largest hotel group.

Starwood shares rose as much as 7% in early trading, the biggest on the S&P 500.

And, Apollo Global Management announced it was acquiring The Fresh Market for $1.36 billion.

There’s no economic data due today, but this week will bring retail sales numbers, the consumer price index, and the Fed’s statement. You can check out our full preview of the week’s big economic events here.

The Fed’s decision Wednesday comes right after the Bank of Japan’s policy announcement tomorrow, and before the Bank of England on Thursday.

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