NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- U.S. stock markets closed lower but recovered from deep losses suffered over the morning session, a product of geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip pulling markets lower. In a busy week of earnings, outlook for growth remains optimistic.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.28% to 17,051. The S&P 500 was behind by 0.23% to 1,973.63. The Nasdaq slipped 0.17% to 4,424.7. Benchmark indices have proven volatile over the last few sessions, closing the session and week higher Friday as investors piled into equities after Thursday's pullback.
President Obama addressed press from the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, pressing President Vladimir Putin to urge pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to allow international access to the Malaysian Airlines crash site for investigation. The plane was shot down on Thursday, killing 298 people onboard, as it flew over Ukrainian airspace.
The possibility of additional Western sanctions against Russia are mounting this week as more and more evidence leads back to Russia as being responsible for arming Ukrainian rebels.
Israel and Gaza remain in the headlines after a major ground battle on Sunday between Israel and the Hamas killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers. The death toll over the past two weeks has risen to 500 people, including two soldiers of Israeli-American citizenship.
While the U.S. economic calendar was light on Monday, some big names are due to report after the bell. Netflix (NFLX) popped 1.4% in extended trading after reporting second-quarter earnings of $1.15 a share and revenue of $1.14 billion.