NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks erased early declines to close in the green on Monday as a White House official said President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were meeting in the afternoon with House and Senate leaders from both major parties about the nation's borrowing limit and the continuing government shutdown.
"The president will also reiterate our principles to the leaders: we will not pay a ransom for Congress reopening the government and raising the debt limit," the White House official said in an email to reporters. "The president continues to urge Congress to pass a bill that raises the debt ceiling and lends the certainty our businesses and the economy needs."
The S&P 500 added 0.41% to 1,710.18 after falling as much as 1.2% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.42% to 15,301.07. The Nasdaq jumped 0.62% to 3,815.27.
Also boosting stocks was a report that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid privately offered Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a deal to extend the U.S. debt limit until next year and to reopen the government until mid-to-late December, according to Politico citing several sources familiar with the discussions.
"We believe this foolish game of chicken shows Washington lawmakers have a naïve sense of the economy and global markets," Craig Johnson, a Minneapolis-based senior technical research analyst at Piper Jaffray, said in a note. "We suspect markets will experience heightened volatility this week as the saber-rattling in Washington intensifies ahead of the projected debt ceiling limit being reached on Thursday."
Netflix was the top performer on the S&P 500 as reports emerged that the movie- and television-streaming company was in talks to add its service to set top boxes of U.S. cable companies. Shares of the company popped more than 7.5%.
Expedia (EXPE) was the largest percentage decliner on the S&P 500 on Monday after the online travel services company was downgraded to "hold" from "buy" at Deutsche Bank with a $51 price target on concerns about recent management changes at the Hotels.com unit as well as execution issues. Shares dropped nearly 6.5%