Wall Street rises, focus turns to earnings from geopolitics

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27:  The New York Stock Exchange stands on Wall Street on August 27, 2013 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 170 points on fears of a possible U.S. attack on Syria.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: The New York Stock Exchange stands on Wall Street on August 27, 2013 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 170 points on fears of a possible U.S. attack on Syria. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

US stocks closed higher on Monday, with the biggest boosts from technology and healthcare sectors as investors were optimistic about earnings season and appeared less worried about US-led missile attacks in Syria.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 212.9 points, or 0.87 percent, to 24,573.04, the S&P 500 gained 21.54 points, or 0.81 percent, to 2,677.84 and the Nasdaq Composite added 49.64 points, or 0.7 percent, to 7,156.29.

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