U.S. stocks rose at the start of trading on Monday, while Canadian stocks were held back by weak gold producers and financials.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 43 points or 0.4 per cent, to 10,141. The broader S&P 500 rose 5 points or 0.4 per cent, to 1070. In Canada, the S&P/TSX composite index fell 25 points or 0.2 per cent, to 11,545.
Goldcorp Inc. fell 2.6 per cent and Barrick Gold Corp. fell 1.3 per cent after the price of gold retreated slightly to 1086 (U.S.) an ounce.
Canadian financials were also off to a lacklustre start, with Royal Bank of Canada down 0.5 per cent and Toronto-Dominion Bank unchanged.
In the United States, the gains Boeing Co. rose 1.9 per cent after the aeronautics company announced an order for 40 of its next-generation 737 aircraft, worth a total of about $3-billion.
Technology stocks were also strong, with Intel Corp. up 1.7 per cent and Hewlett-Packard Co. up 1.6 per cent.