U.S. stocks advanced, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rising above its average price during the past 100 days, as investors speculate the Federal Reserve won’t rush to raise rates amid uncertainty over Greece’s future in the euro.
Aetna Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. rose more than 2.1 percent amid bets that the health-insurance industry is headed for a round of mergers. Monster Beverage Corp. jumped 4.2 percent to lead consumer staples higher. Oracle Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. gained more than 1.3 percent. United Rentals Inc. fell 2.6 percent after an analyst downgrade, and airline shares declined for a second day.