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.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced a possible move that Russia can take in response to new US sanctions
Not that long ago, American soldiers would train their skills to counter insurgent and partisan military organizations. These days, they are trained to show resistance to the regular army of a potential adversary
The Central Bank of Turkey announced measures to protect the financial market of Turkey against the background of the collapse of the Turkish lira and conflict of interests with the United States of America