After spending much of the trading session dipping in and out of negative territory, U.S. stocks rallied into the close to end Monday with solid gains. Investors looked past a batch of government reports that suggested that the economy may be losing steam and focused instead on rising oil prices and quarterly earnings. The benchmark S&P 500 tracked crude oil prices closely and a big jump in WTI futures sent energy companies sharply higher. The S&P 500 rose 25.88 points, or 1.3%, to 2,020.87. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 196.22 points, or 1.1%, to 17,361.17. The Nasdaq Composite ended the day up 41.45 points, or 0.9%, at 4,676.69.
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