The Nasdaq briefly turned negative shortly after the open on Monday, weighed by losses in Oracle Corp and Research in Motion .

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 17.71 points, or 0.16 percent, to 11,428.03. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 2.79 points, or 0.22 percent, to 1,243.19. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 1.01 points, or 0.04 percent, to 2,638.55.

(Reporting by Edward Krudy)