NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday,
heading into the start of earnings season, building on gains
sparked by last week's robust employment report and pushing the
S&P 500 closer to its all-time high set in May.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 89.47 points,
or 0.59 percent, to end unofficially at 15,225.31. The Standard
& Poor's 500 Index was up 8.60 points, or 0.53 percent,
to finish unofficially at 1,640.49. The Nasdaq Composite Index
was up 5.45 points, or 0.16 percent, to close
unofficially at 3,484.83.