Dow Jones starts the week higher

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U.S. equities were higher Monday to start the week, finding some footing after last week’s slide.

Leadership in small caps, as well as in the energy and financials sectors, reflected a positive cyclical tone.

Interest rates were little changed, as 10-year Treasury yields have been holding above the 1.3 percent mark.

The price of crude oil was up 86 cents at $70.58 a barrel, and the spot price of gold was up $1.90 to $1,794.

Monday’s data calendar was light, but inflation and retail sales reports due out later this week will set the tone for the markets in the days ahead.