Stocks Finish with Modest Gains
After surging most of the day, stocks closed well off the best levels of the session on Monday with only modest gains amid a flurry of selling in the last hour of trading. Possible electronic trading errors on the "e-mini" contracts may have driven down prices late in the session, notes Standard & Poor's MarketScope. Positive earnings reports, an analyst upgrade of Dow industrials member Intel (INTC ), as well as continued merger and acquisition activity, lifted the market Monday.
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