The U.S. stock markets were led by financial issues Monday to post small gains. The market’s gains were broad-based, with nine of 10 stock categories in the Standard & Poor’s 500 rising, led by industrial stocks. Utilities declined by a whisker. European stocks also rose.
Investors shook off their worries about Greece on Monday and got back to their routine of little-by-little gains.
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 73 points — nothing flashy, but enough to regain most of what it lost with an 89-point drop on Friday. Before that, stocks enjoyed a slow, steady climb this year.
Financial stocks led the Dow higher. Its biggest gainers were Bank of America, up 2.2 percent, and JPMorgan Chase, up 1.8 percent. Financial stocks have been the best performers in the market this year.
Apple crossed $500 per share for the first time, with a 1.9 percent rise to close at $502.60. The company jockeyed with Exxon Mobil last year for the title of most valuable by market value but now enjoys a wide lead, $468 billion to $400 billion.
The market’s gains were broad-based, with nine of 10 stock categories in the Standard & Poor’s 500 rising, led by industrial stocks. Utilities declined by a whisker. European stocks rose.
For once, investors had the Greek parliament to thank. On Sunday, it approved sharp cuts in civil service jobs, welfare and the minimum wage, required by international leaders for a $170 billion bailout that Greece must have to avoid defaulting on its debt.
Other details of the bailout still need to be finalized, though. And rioting while Greece’s parliament voted was a reminder that its financial problems are not solved. Germany also indicated it would take time before approving the bailout.
The Greek debt deal amounts to a default because creditors will get less than they are owed, said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist for Rockwell Global Capital.
Still, “orderly default is better than a chaotic default, which would lean on the whole eurozone and the global economy as well,” he said, referring to the 17 countries that use the euro currency.
Cardillo said market gains may be muted for a while because of the social unrest in Greece and because stocks have already risen this year. The Dow is up 5.4 percent, the S&P 7.5 percent.
The Dow closed up 72.81 points, or 0.6 percent, at 12,874.04. It’s 16 points shy of its highest close since the 2008 financial meltdown. The S&P rose 9.13 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,351.77. The Nasdaq composite rose 27.51 points, or 1 percent, to 2,931.39.
Worries about the global economy and the state of the U.S. recovery pushed stocks around during the second half of 2011, said Ralph Fogel, a partner and investment strategist for wealth management and advisory firm Fogel Neale Partners in New York. .
“The end of the world was coming,” or so traders thought, he said. “It wasn’t the end of the world. … Then the market stopped listening.”
The Greek debt deal appeared to take some pressure off U.S. banks. Moody’s Investors Services said the $25 billion settlement between mortgage lenders and states over foreclosure practices is a negative for all five major banks involved. Still, most major banks, which have varying levels of exposure in Europe, gained on Monday.
The euro fell a fraction of a penny against the dollar, to $1.32.
In Europe, the FTSE 100 in Britain rose 0.9 percent to 5,906. Germany’s DAX rose 0.7 percent to 6,738. The CAC-40 in France rose slightly to 3,385. In Athens, stocks rose 4.6 percent.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed 0.6 percent higher at 8,999, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.5 percent.
Investors were not ready to leave the haven of bonds in great numbers. Prices bounced between gains and losses as traders appeared skeptical that Greece was past its debt problem. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was 1.98 percent, flat from Friday.
Oil rose to $100.49 per barrel in New York. Gold rose slightly to $1,726.60 per ounce.
Among other stocks in the news:
– ATM maker Diebold Inc. rose 9 percent after it reported strong sales to banks, a sign they may be willing to spend more to upgrade their technology.
– Chesapeake Energy Corp. rose 2.4 percent after saying it will try to raise as much as $12 billion by selling assets to pay down debt.
– Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose almost 12.3 percent after it said sales of its eye drug Eylea should reach $300 million, up from its previous forecast of $160 million.
– AmerisourceBergen Corp. fell 3.6 percent after the prescription drug distributor said its chief financial officer left to pursue other interests.
– The Madison Square Garden Co., following the winning streaks of the NHL’s Rangers and the NBA’s Knicks, rose 3.8 percent. “Linsanity,” the fervor over the Knicks’ surprise point guard, Jeremy Lin, should help revenue. Over five games, Lin is racking up an average of 27 points, or about four more than the Dow on a typical day this year.