The advance came ahead of a report on home sales as well as a reading on manufacturing in the Midwest. The economic data arrive before the start Tuesday of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting on interest rates.
While few expect the Fed will adjust short-term interest rates, investors will be looking for any change in the central bank's posture that could hint at where rates are headed in the coming months, reports AP.
In the first minutes of trading, the Dow Jones industrial average rose about 72 points to the 12,182 level.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
When on a state visit to Singapore, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to revisit the discussion of the 1956 Declaration between the USSR and Japan regarding the issue of the peace treaty with Japan
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year