Stocks Mixed Ahead of Inflation Data

The blue-chips rose and the Nasdaq hit a 2006 closing low while investors eyed lower metals and energy futures

Stocks finished mixed in choppy trading Monday, snapping the recent sell-off even as declining commodities futures weighed on metal and energy shares. Bond yields eased and the dollar strengthened, but inflation concerns persisted ahead of key reports later this week, says Standard & Poor's Equity Research.

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