Stocks are up on positive economic data out of China and Japan, paired with the lack of action by the US military in Syria.
Despite central banks' continued easing policy and earnings from 3 of Europe's largest banks beating expectation, US markets are set for a tepid open.
Stocks are slightly higher after both the Dow and S&P 500 cleared record round-number hurdles at the close of last week.
Companies that miss earnings estimates often get a hiding from investors.
Stocks are mixed despite a consumer confidence reading that plunged to its lowest level in more than a year.
Markets are set for a lower start following mixed quarterly results on Monday and ahead of results from Amazon, Corning and Ford.
Caterpillar, Yahoo and a few other companies report earnings.
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