Stocks Edge Up as Oil Slumps

Columbus Day is subdued after a wild week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 12, 2015 3:21 PM CDT
Specialists Glenn Carell, left, and David Haubner work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.   (Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Stocks are closing higher as traders look ahead to a busy week for corporate earnings. The subdued trading Monday followed the best week for the market this year. Eli Lilly plunged 8% after saying it would abandon the development of a heart disease drug. EMC rose after Dell said it would buy the data storage company. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 47 points, or 0.3%, to 17,131.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.1%, to 2,017. The Nasdaq composite added eight points, or 0.2%, to 4,838. The price of oil fell as a report showed OPEC is keeping up production even after a big drop in prices over the last year. Bond trading was closed for Columbus Day. (Read more stock market stories.)

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