U.S. stocks open mixed ahead of earnings reports

S&P 500 NASDAQ and Dow Closed Flat Market Awaits Earnings

S&P 500 NASDAQ and Dow Closed Flat Market Awaits Earnings

US stocks hardly budged Monday as smaller firms and retailers rose while health care companies and banks declined.

In June, a Wall Street Journal union report found that full-time female employees at Dow Jones make on average 85 percent of what their male counterparts earn.

The broad-based S&P 500 fell 0.13 points (0.01 per cent) to 2,459.14, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 1.97 points (0.03 per cent) to 6,314.43.

Equities paused in a quiet session after both the Dow and S&P 500 finished at records on Friday following solid earnings from JPMorgan Chase and other large banks.

The Nasdaq was up 0.2% at 6,325.35.

Stocks were mixed as investors awaited second-quarter earnings results which companies begin reporting this week. The S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 865.12 for a gain of 2.42 points or 0.28%.

The Russell 2000 is up 74.47 points, or 5.5 percent.

That said, oil prices have fallen about 12 percent over the past three months as oversupply concerns have remained.

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