On Friday, Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 95.22 points, or 0.37%, to 25,585.69. The S&P 500 gained 3.82 points, or 0.14%, to 2,826.06 and the Nasdaq Composite added 8.73 points, or 0.11%, to 7,637.01.
Oil prices were also flat on Monday, following sharp drops last week.
Front-month Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $68.79 per barrel at 0247 GMT, up 10 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $58.54 per barrel, 9 cents below their last settlement.
“Sentiment remains fragile and vulnerable to any deterioration in U.S.-China trade frictions,” Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA in Singapore, told Reuters.
Las week, Brent Crude fell 4.5 percent and WTI dropped 6.4 percent.
Middle East markets
Saudi's index dropped 2% on Sunday, with Saudi British Bank (SABB) falling 3.5%, Samba Financial Group dropping 3.4%, and National Commercial Bank, the country's largest lender shedding 3.3%. Savola Group, Saudi's largest food products company, was the worst performer, dropping 6.2%.
Dubai's index was down 0.3%. Builder Arabtec shed 5.3%, Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties lost 3.6% and property firm Deyaar fell by 1.6%. The Abu Dhabi index slipped by 0.1%.
Egypt's blue-chip index gained 1.5%, bolstered by energy and telecommunications stocks.
Orascom Investment Holding gained 8.6%, Egyptian Chemical Industries (Kima) gained 7.3% and Telecom Egypt was up 4.3%.
Qatar’s index dropped 0.3 percent, Bahrain’s index edged 0.1 percent higher while Oman’s index edged 0.1 percent lower and Kuwait’s premier market index added 0.3 percent.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, inched down 0.1% to 97.565.
Gold prices edged higher on a weaker dollar.
Spot gold edged up 0.2% to $1,286.89 per ounce as of 0129 GMT, rising for a third session in a row.
U.S. gold futures also gained 0.2%, to $1,285.50 an ounce.
(Reporting by Gerard Aoun; Editing by Mily Chakrabarty)
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