Stocks finished higher with overseas markets in focus.
Investors were monitoring events in Ukraine, particularly the political turmoil, which rose to new levels during the weekend, and the country's risk of default. The implications could have a broader impact on emerging-markets investments.
Kevin O'Shaughnessy is an assistant editor for Morningstar.com.
Stateside, two regional Fed banks reported declines in their business activity indexes. The Chicago Fed
posted a national activity index of negative 0.39 for last month compared with a December reading of negative 0.03. The three-month moving average fell, as well. The index's production and housing indicators led the move downward, signaling that national activity remains below its historical trend.
Separately, the Dallas Fed's business activity index
declined to 0.3 this month from January's mark of 3.8, as manufacturing companies in the bank's regional district saw a pullback in business conditions.
and the Nasdaq gained 0.7% apiece, and
the S&P 500
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shares gained 3.4% after the firm announced a multiyear interconnection deal
that should improve network traffic and augment customer experiences. Comcast will not give Netflix preferential network privileges under the agreement. The firms did not reveal financial terms of the deal. Comcast's CMCSA shares ended 0.2% higher, and its CMCSK shares gained 0.5%.