NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The

Dow closed above 11,000 for the first time since September 2008 as details on eurozone Greece aid and expectations for a strong earnings season lifted market confidence.

The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

gained 9 points to close 0.08% higher at 11,006. The S&P 500 added 2 points, or 0.2%, to finish at 1197, and the

Nasdaq

advanced by 4 points, or 0.2%, to close at 2458.

After the closing bell,

Alcoa

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reported first-quarter earnings that met analysts' estimates for 10 cents a share, which excludes one-time items. Sales of $4.9 billion rose roughly 18% from a year-ago but missed analysts' estimates for sales of $5.2 billion. The aluminum company blamed weaker-than-expected sales on weak demand, which offset stronger aluminum prices. Shares closed the trading session 1.3% higher at $14.57 but were losing 0.7% in after-hours trading.

Helping lift shares early in the day's session was weekend news that

eurozone ministers pledged 30 billion euros in backstop aid to help Greece. A report also says the International Monetary Fund is prepared to help with another 10 billion euros.

"I guess we came in with somewhat of an upward bias on the resolution of this Greek debacle," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank. "But besides that, it looks like we're trading higher on anticipation of better than-expected profits this quarter."

Ablin, however, didn't have high expectations for Alcoa.

"Their stock has done pretty poorly," he said, noting that shares are trading lower since the beginning of the year. "I think, unfortunately, we're going to start off on the wrong foot with Alcoa."

China reported its

first monthly trade deficit in nearly 6 years in March, landing at a reported $7.24 billion.

Overseas, Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.3%, and Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4%. The FTSE in London went ahead by 0.1%, while the DAX in Frankfurt added 0.02%.

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The Economy

Late Monday, the U.S. Treasury said it intends to sell warrants from banks such as

Wells Fargo

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,

PNC Financial

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and

Comerica

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that it acquired as part of the bank bailout plan, enacted to stabilize financial markets during the economic crisis. The warrant auctions will take place over the next six weeks.

Earlier, the U.S. government reported a deficit of $65.4 billion in its March federal budget report, which was narrower than the deficit of $67.5 billion that economists had been expecting and down from a year ago, when it reached $191.6 billion.

Company News

Shares of

Caterpillar

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and

General Electric

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were also leading advancers on the blue-chip average, while shares of

Walt Disney

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,

DuPont

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and

Travelers

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were declining the most.

Ahead of its earnings announcement next month, Swiss bank

UBS

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said it expects a

first quarter pretax profit of about $2.35 billion,

Bloomberg News

reported.

Mirant

( MIR) and

RRI Energy

(RRI)

will

merge in a deal valued at $1.61 billion. Shares closed 18.2% and 14.7% higher, respectively.

According to a

Wall Street Journal

report,

American International Group's

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financial products unit

has unwound a chunk of credit default swaps with

Goldman Sachs

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insuring a mortgage asset pool of about $3 billion. The report says AIG took a loss between $1.5 billion to $2 billion last year, but is no longer exposed to steeper losses. Shares of AIG gained $3.08, or 8.1%, to close at $41.22.

Palm

( PALM), which saw shares soar on buyout rumors last week, is

putting itself up for sale with the help of Goldman Sachs and

Qatalyst Partners

,

Bloomberg

reported. Palm surged 17.1%, to $6.04.

Similarly, a

Reuters

report says

California Pizza Kitchen

( CPKI) is

mulling its own sale, which helped lift shares by 1.6%, to close at $21.07.

MasterCard

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said chief operating officer Ajay Banga will become the credit card firm's next CEO in July. He will succeed current chief Robert Selander, who's held the top spot since March 1997.

Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has reached an agreement to buy

DynCorp

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, a security contractor, in a total deal valued at $1.5 billion, according to a release. DynCorp shares soared 48.2%, or $5.66, to $17.41.

It is believed

Microsoft

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will

unveil two, new color-splashed mobile phones later today, skewed towards younger consumers focused on social networking. The phones, christened Turtle and Pure, are part of a development venture code-named Project Pink.

Commodities and the Dollar

The May crude

oil contract shed 58 cents, or 0/7%, to settle at $84.34 a barrel. The June

gold contract, meanwhile, lost 30 cents, or 0.03%, to settle at $1,162.20 an ounce.

The dollar was trading lower against a basket of currencies, with the dollar index down by 0.4%.

Treasuries

The benchmark 10-year Treasury improved 11/32, diluting the yield to 3.840%.

The two-year note added 2/32, pushing the yield down at 1.036%. The 30-year bond gained 21/32, diluting the yield to 4.697%.

--Written by Sung Moss and Melinda Peer in New York

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