After an erratic trading session, shares ended higher across the board. The weekend’s news of a massive Greek aid package approved by the EU combined with merger and takeover chatter lifted shares.
Stocks surged higher today led by energy shares, which was triggered by an upbeat forecast from sector leader, Chevron.
Surprisingly better than expected retail sales numbers stopped the global stock slide in its tracks on this second to last trading session of the week.
Stocks advanced on the first trading day after the holiday extended weekend. A strong employment report on Friday carried bullish enthusiasm into the new week.