Stocks climbed on Monday after a bidding contest erupted for discount retailer Family Dollar and as concerns eased about the situation in Ukraine.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 175.83 points, or 1.1 percent, to 16,838.74.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 16.68 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 1,971.74.
The Nasdaq composite rose 43.39 points, or 1 percent, to 4,508.31.
For the year:
The Dow is up 262.08 points, or 1.6 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 123.38 points, or 6.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 331.72 points, or 7.9 percent