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US stocks edge higher as tensions ease in Ukraine; Investors focus on corporate news

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FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010 file photo shows an entrance to a Wall Street subway station in New York. U.S. stocks are opening higher Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, as tensions ease in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) (The Associated Press)

U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors turn their focus to corporate news and as tensions ease in Ukraine.

Priceline rose 2 percent after the online discounter reported better earnings than analysts were expecting. Chiquita Brands soared 30 percent on a buyout offer.

Kinder Morgan rose 9 percent after announcing it would consolidate a group of oil and gas pipeline and storage companies it controls.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose five points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 1,936 Monday.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 16 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,569. The Nasdaq composite rose 30 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,401.

Bond prices barely budged. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.42 percent.