Summary

Stocks edged higher on Monday, led by gains in technology stocks as investors were optimistic ahead of earnings.

The S&P 500 technology index was up 0.8 percent, followed by a 0.6 percent gain in the materials index. Technology is expected to have had among the strongest earnings growth for the second quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Companies have begun to release second-quarter earnings, with reports due this week from big U.S. banks including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup. S&P 500 earnings are forecast up 7.9 percent in the second quarter compared with a year ago.

In a significant victory for the banking industry, the Federal Reserve late last month approved plans from the 34 largest U.S. banks to use extra capital for stock buybacks, dividends and other purposes.

The healthcare sector was down 0.3 percent as investors waited for clarity on the healthcare legislation overhaul proposed in Washington.

Snap shares fell below their IPO price of $17 for the first time, to hit a low of $16.95. The stock closed at $16.99, down 1.1 percent. Snap was the hottest technology listing in years when it went public in March.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s semi-annual testimony may be the highlight this week for investors looking for cues on further interest rate hikes. She will testify on Wednesday and Thursday.

Amazon rose 1.8 percent to $996.47 ahead of its popular Prime Day shopping festival. Shares of Best Buy fell 6.3 percent to $54.23 on news that Amazon was planning to roll out a Geek Squad competitor.

Volume was light, with about 5.6 billion shares changing hands on the major domestic equity exchanges. That compares with the 6.9 billion share daily average for the past 20 trading days, according to Thomson Reuters data.

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