Stocks End with Strong Gains

Better-than-expected earnings reports from Citigroup and others -- along with positive news on the geopolitical front -- boosted the major indexes

Stocks posted strong gains Monday, led by financial issues after Citigroup (C ) beat earnings per share estimates by two pennies thanks to strength in its consumer businesses. Some confidence is building that first-quarter earnings numbers may not be as bad as feared, notes S&P MarketScope.

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