Stocks shook off an early loss on Monday to notch their fourth consecutive gain in a row. Investors had their eye on the latest string of deal news, as well as a new report showing U.S. home sales slumped last month. Telecommunications and health care stocks were among the biggest risers.
The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 21.57 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,623.87.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.02 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,051.60.
The Nasdaq composite index added 13.23 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,808.87.
For the year:
The Dow is up 198.84 points, or 1.1 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 7.66 points, or 0.4 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 198.54 points, or 4 percent.