Stocks Hit 3-Month High; Materials, Tech Shares Rally


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Materials and technology shares posted solid gains on the day, helping Wall Street to see green for the first Monday in the last 10.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 21.3 points, or 0.16%, to 13118, the S&P 500 gained 3.2 points, or 0.23%, to 1394 and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 22 points, or 0.74%, to 2990.

The S&P 500 closed at its highest level since May 2. The broad-market index is now up 10.9% for the year. The best performers on the day by a wide margin were materials stocks, like Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold (NYSE:FCX). Technology posted solid gains as well, which gave the tech-heavy Nasdaq a boost.

The Dow soared 217 points on Friday as traders responded to better-than-expected data on the U.S. labor market. However, the blue-chip average only ended the week higher by 20.5 points, weighed down heavily by earlier losses.

After a week filled with several major central bank meetings and a deluge of economic data, this is one kicked off on a quieter tone with no major economic releases.

On the corporate front, Knight Capital (NYSE:KCG) said in a filing Monday that it has struck a deal in which a group of investors will inject $400 million in exchange for 2% convertible preferred stock in the struggling market maker. These investors will get a roughly 70% stake in the company, according to an analysis by Reuters. This rescue comes after Knight made erroneous trades last week that cost it $440 million.

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) Founder Richard Schulze proposed to take the retailer private for between $24 and $26 a share. That represents a premium of between 36% and 47% premium to Friday’s closing value.

In Europe, Spain's 10-year borrowing costs were at 6.78% on the secondary market, lower than the key 7% mark that has been watched. Equity markets in that country experienced a technical glitch that halted trading, according to a report by Reuters.

Commodities markets were little changed. The benchmark crude oil contract in New York climbed 80 cents, or 0.88%, to $92.20 a barrel. Wholesale New York Harbor gasoline slumped 0.3% to $2.922 a gallon.

In metals, gold climbed $6.90, or 0.43%, to $1,616 a troy ounce.

Foreign Markets

The Euro Stoxx 50 jumped 1.3% to 2399, the English FTSE 100 gained 0.37% to 5809 and the German DAX climbed 0.77% to 6919.

In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 soared 2% to 8726 and the Chinese Hang Seng rallied 1.7% to 19999.

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