Investors are also anticipating news from Brussels on Tuesday about the possibility of eurozone finance ministers extending more financial aid to Greece.
The euro was posting strong gains against the U.S. dollar on Monday as optimism increased for a eurozone deal with Greece. The euro was at $1.2804, up from the prior session's settlement at $1.2743.
Gold mining stocks were mostly higher Monday. Shares of
(AEM - Get Report) were rising 5.6%, and shares of
(EGO - Get Report) were up 5%.
Among volume leaders,
(ABX - Get Report) was climbing 1.8%, and
(KGC) was adding 1.1%.
SPDR Gold Trust
iShares Gold Trust
were both rising 1.3%.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.