There were few U.S. economic reports for Monday, but retail sales, the Empire State Manufacturing Survey and producer price index were slated for Tuesday. Inflation reports were expected Tuesday from Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Gold mining stocks were mostly higher on Monday. Shares of Eldorado Gold ( EGO) were rising 0.84%, but shares of Randgold Resources ( GOLD) were dipping 0.77%.

Among volume leaders, Barrick Gold ( ABX) was up 0.41%, and Goldcorp ( GG) were adding 0.95%

Gold ETF SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD) was ticking up 0.27%, while iShares Gold Trust ( IAU) was climbing 0.31%.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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