The Standard & Poor's 500 crept to another record high on Monday after U.S. companies announced a handful of deals. Hillshire Brands jumped 5 percent after Tyson Foods won a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 18.82 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,943.10.
The S&P 500 index gained 1.83, less than 0.1 percent, to close at 1,951.27.
The Nasdaq composite index rose 14.84 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,336.24.
For the year:
The Dow is up 366.44 points, or 2.2 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 102.91 points, or 5.6 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 159.65 points, or 3.8 percent.