Stocks and crude oil rallied in early trading on Monday.
Near 10:16 a.m. ET, the Dow was up 95 points (0.54%), the S&P 500 was up 9 points (0.46%), and the Nasdaq was up 25 points (0.54%). Stocks closed at their lowest level in a month on Friday.
Apple shares gained the most on the Dow, by 3% after Berkshire Hathaway disclosed that it owned a $1 billion stake in the company as at the end of the first quarter.
West Texas Intermediate crude futures in New York and Brent crude — the international benchmark — both gained more than 3%.
The two headlines you need to know are: Nigerian production has fallen to the lowest level in decades after several militant attacks on infrastructure. And, Goldman Sachs analysts say the oil market has turned from a dire overflow to a deficit much sooner than they had thought.
Brent crude climbed above $49 per barrel, while WTI rose to as high as $47.85, the highest level since October.
In economic data, the Empire State Manufacturing index plunged to -9.02 for May from a 15-month high of 9.56, as business conditions unexpectedly got worse.
And, the National Association of Homebuilders’ housing market index held at 58 for a fourth straight month.
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