U.S. stocks are closing higher as the market posts a meager gain for the first three months of the year.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose eight points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 1,872 Monday. The index gained 1.3 percent for the first quarter of the year, the fifth straight quarterly gain.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 134 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,457. The Nasdaq composite rose 43 points, or 1 percent, to 4,199.
Microsoft rose 2 percent after its Office for iPad software was released last week to highly positive reviews.