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U.S. equity markets zigzagged in quiet action on Monday as traders parsed through earnings and deal news. 

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As of 12:15 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 30.6 points, or 0.19%, to 16439, the S&P 500 rose 4.24 points, or 0.05%, to 1869 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 16.36 points, or 0.39%, to 4111.

The broad S&P 500 zoomed higher by 2.7% last week in its best performance since last summer. The move came as traders snatched up equities that were beaten down in the prior week. 

Monday was off to a quiet start, with European markets closed for Easter Monday. 

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Traders were focusing on a report from Japan, that showed the trade deficit in the world's third-biggest economy swelling to 1.7 trillion yen on a seasonally-adjusted basis, well higher than the 1.4 trillion figure economists expected. The larger deficit figure was driven by a surge in imports that was coupled with only a small increase in exports, according to Japan-based investment bank Nomura. 

In corporate news, Pfizer (PFE) made a roughly $101 billion bid for British rival AstraZeneca (AZN), according to news reports. The reports suggested the offer was rejected. Halliburton (HAL) swung to a first-quarter profit. Netflix (NFLX) posts its quarterly results after the closing bell. 

Elsewhere, U.S. crude oil futures fell 12 cents, or 0.12%, to $104.17 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline dipped 0.39% to $3.04 a gallon. Gold dropped $9.10, or 0.7%, to $1,285 a troy ounce. 

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