US Stocks closed mixed in high volume trade Monday, with gains in health care offsetting declines in materials and energy as oil prices fell.
Five of 10 S&P sectors ended higher, led by the health sector's .SPXHC 1.13 percent increase, while energy .SPNY and materials sectors .SPLRCM both tumbled 1.25 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI ended down 0.2 percent at 17,705.91 points while the S&P 500 .SPX edged up 0.08 percent to 2,058.69.
The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 0.3 percent to 4,750.21, helped by a 2.45-percent rally in the Nasdaq biotech index .NBI. Meanwhile, US crude oil futures settled down $1.22, or 2.73 percent, at $43.44 a barrel. Materials closed 1.25 percent lower, while energy ended 1.24 percent lower.
The US dollar index rose nearly 0.3 percent, after hitting its highest since April 28, for its first five-day win streak since the one ended March 24. The euro was last near $1.138 and the yen at 108.39 yen against the greenback. Asian stocks also closed mixed Monday, with the Hang Seng and Nikkei 225 slightly higher and the Shanghai composite about 2.8 percent lower.
European stocks closed higher, with the German DAX outperforming with gains of more than 1 percent