The Dow Jones has kick-started the week with solid gains in early trading on Monday.
The main US index was up 126.97 points (1.31%) to 9,792.16 by mid-morning, with few firms seeing any downside.
Chemical firm Du Pont is in top spot, advancing 2.9% to $32.66 shortly before 11am, while Merck & Co climbed 2.72% to $32.10 and General Electric rose 2.39% to $16.76.
Kraft Foods was the only notable loser on Monday. Shares fell 0.98% to $26.27 after weekend speculation the firm may be about to embark on an £11bn hostile bid for Cadbury. The firm has pursued the UK confectionary giant for some time and earlier this month saw a £9.9bn bid rejected by Cadbury's board.
Meanwhile, the UK's FTSE 100 rebounded from earlier falls, shooting up more than 80 points (1.59%) to 5,163.14.
Wolseley continues to be the favoured UK stock, gaining more than 11% to reach £14.58 by late afternoon.
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