Stocks Advance as Earnings Season Begins

Monday's gains came amid optimism about upcoming releases, though disappointing results from Alcoa after the bell could dampen sentiment

Major U.S. stock indexes, after seesawing in morning trading, finished higher Monday as Wall Street headed into second-quarter earnings season with optimism, though a disappointing report from Alcoa (AA; +1.7%) released after the closing bell may dampen sentiment on Tuesday.

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