Investors awaited construction spending data for November and the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for December, which analysts forecast will both rise from the prior month. The data is due at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT).
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 72.17 points, or 0.69 percent, to 10,500.22. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 8.85 points, or 0.79 percent, to 1,123.95. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> jumped 27.82 points, or 1.23 percent, to 2,296.97.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)