Stocks closed slightly higher on Monday, putting the U.S. market close to a record high. The market climbed as investors assessed some good corporate earnings. There was also some encouraging news on the economy, a report that showed U.S. factory orders rose in March for the first time since July.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46.34 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 18,070.40.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 6.20 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,114.49.
The Nasdaq increased 11.54 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,016.93.
For the year:
The Dow is up 247.33 points, or 1.4 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 55.59 points, or 2.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 280.87 points, or 5.9 percent.