Stocks ended modestly higher Monday, shrugging off an early decline, as investors waited to see whether big U.S. companies would deliver on expectations of strong earnings in 2013.
The major indexes are struggling for direction after logging a strong start to the year. The Dow has not had two consecutive up or down days since March 20, the longest such streak in nearly 15 years.
The Dow rose 48.23 points, or 0.3 percent, to 14,613.48.
The S&P 500 rose 9.79 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,563.07.
The Nasdaq composite gained 18.39 points, or 0.6 percent, to 3,222.25.
For the year:
The Dow is up 1,509.34 points, or 11.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 136.88 points, or 9.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 202.74 points, or 6.7 percent.