Stocks edged higher Monday ahead of big meetings in the U.S. and Europe over continued crises: the so-called fiscal cliff and heavily indebted Greece.
The Dow Jones industrial average added 15 points, or 0.1%, to 12,830 shortly after the opening bell. The Dow took a beating last week, dropping more than 300 points following election day as investors signaled they expect more gridlock in Washington.
The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.2%, to 1,383. The Nasdaq was up 10 points, or 0.4%, to 2,915.
European ministers are set to meet concerning Greece, the most troubled economy in the Eurozone debt crisis, following the country's approval of next year's budget, which includes more cuts in public spending.