Stabilizing oil prices and signs that the economy may be improving pushed stock indexes higher Monday. The Standard and Poor's 500 index, the benchmark for most U.S. mutual funds, finished its third straight month of gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 95.89, or 0.8 percent, to at 12,226.34.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 7.34, or 0.6 percent, to 1,327.22.
The Nasdaq composite rose 1.22, or 0.1 percent, to 2,782.27
For the year to date:
The Dow is up 648.83, or 5.6 percent.
The S&P is up 69.58, or 5.5 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 126.40, or 4.9 percent.