U.S. stocks rose on Monday, halting a three-day losing streak, as a spurt of corporate takeovers in the technology and healthcare sectors fueled optimism about share values.
* The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 124.17 points, or 1.29 percent, to end unofficially at 9,789.36. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 18.59 points, or 1.78 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,062.98. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> climbed 39.82 points, or 1.90 percent, to close unofficially at 2,130.74.
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Jan Paschal)