Midway through trading Monday, the Dow traded up 1.14 percent to 24,735.86 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.53 percent to 7,729.47 . The S&P also rose, gaining 0.76 percent to 2,780.77 .

Leading and Lagging Sectors;

On Monday, the financial shares climbed 1.57 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Elevate Credit, Inc. ELVT 5.49% up 9 percent, and LendingClub Corporation LC 7.04% up 7 percent.

In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell 1.13 percent.

Top Headline;

Helen of Troy Limited HELE 16.04% reported better-than-expected Q1 results and raised its FY19 earnings guidance.

Helen of Troy posted Q1 earnings of $1.87 per share on revenue of $354.679 million. However, analysts expected earnings of $1.43 per share on sales of $334.9 million.

Helen Of Troy now expects FY2019 earnings of $7.45 to $7.70 per share, versus earlier forecast of $7.30 to $7.55 per share.

Equities Trading UP;

MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. MBVX 267.8% shares shot up 250 percent to $2.07 after the company and Boehringer Ingelheim signed asset purchase and license agreements for antibody development program targeting multiple solid tumor cancers.

Shares of Benitec Biopharma Limited BNTC 51.2% got a boost, shooting up 72 percent to $3.84 after the company reported a global licensing agreement for BB-301 for the treatment of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy and broad platform collaboration with Axovant.

Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. STAF 291.58% shares were also up, gaining 162 percent to $3.59 after the company reported an acquisition of recruitment firm Clement May Limited.

Equities Trading DOWN;

CTI BioPharma Corp. CTIC 13.27% shares dropped 14 percent to $4.485 after the company disclosed that its Phase 3 trial evaluating PIXUVRI did not meet its primary endpoint of improvement in progression-free survival.

Shares of New Concept Energy, Inc. GBR 15.42% were down 13 percent to $3.7184.

Adesto Technologies Corporation IOTS 21.47% was down, falling around 19 percent to $6.90 after reporting a $40 million offering.

Commodities;

In commodity news, oil traded down 0.53 percent to $73.41 while gold traded up 0.53 percent to $1,262.50.

Silver traded up 0.66 percent Monday to $16.175, while copper rose 1.33 to $2.8615.

Eurozone;

European shares were higher today. The eurozone’s STOXX 600 gained 0.35 percent, the Spanish Ibex Index rose 0.17 percent, while Italy’s FTSE MIB Index rose 0.27 percent. Meanwhile the German DAX gained 0.11 percent, and the French CAC 40 climbed 0.21 percent while U.K. shares rose 0.57 percent.

Economics;

The TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index for June is schedule for release at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Data on consumer credit for May will be released at 3:00 p.m. ET.