Source - SMW
US stock markets started the week in positive territory, following a mixed close on Friday, with traders cautiously optimistic in the absence of any notable economic data, while keeping a watchful eye over European political events.

Shortly after the open, the Dow was up 0.4% at 21,469.48, the S&P 500 added 12.28 points to 2,445.43 and the tech-focused Nasdaq Composite bounced 1% higher to 6,210.94.

RISERS AND FALLERS

JP Morgan, Apple, Goldman Sachs and United Technologies were among the early risers on the Dow, up between 1.1% and 1.6%, while Wal-Mart fell 0.8% in early deals.

Amazon was 4% to the good on the Nasdaq after its swoop for Whole Foods.

COMMODITIES

At 2:45pm (GMT), WTI crude was 0.14% higher at $44.88/bbl and Brent was up 0.36% at $47.54/bbl. Gold was trading around a half a percentage point lower at $1,249.9/oz.

ECONOMIC NEWS

There is no economic news of note due today.