(CNBC) — U.S. stocks closed higher for a second straight session in light volume trading as investors looked for signs of easing in geopolitical tensions.
"Besides seasonal factors of low volume, you have to remember that investors are still wanting to see how the economy is shaping up," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. "Investors are more concerned that the market has not made up its mind on how to handle this monetary policy."
Equities received a boost by Stanley Fischer, the vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, who said early on Monday that the recoveries in the U.S. and global economies had been "disappointing" thus far, indicating the Fed may not imminently tighten its monetary policy.
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