NEW YORK --Stocks are closing higher as traders look ahead to a busy week for corporate earnings.
The subdued trading Monday followed the best week for the market this year.
Eli Lilly plunged 8 percent after saying it would abandon the development of a heart disease drug. EMC rose after Dell said it would buy the data storage company.
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 47 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,131.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,017. The Nasdaq composite added eight points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,838.
The price of oil fell as a report showed OPEC is keeping up production even after a big drop in prices over the last year.
Bond trading was closed for Columbus Day.