Stocks Advance on Lower Oil, Deal News

A fall in crude prices Monday helped ease inflation fears. Hewlett-Packard was reportedly close to a deal to buy EDS

Stocks closed solidly higher Monday, bolstered by a pullback in oil prices and a press report that said Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was close to a deal to buy Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Shares of EDS jumped nearly 28% before being halted for pending news.

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