Stocks ended slightly higher on Monday in a lightly traded session as investors stayed cautious before corporate earnings and key auctions for European debt this week.

Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 30.20 points, or 0.24 percent, at 12,390.12. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 2.61 points, or 0.20 percent, at 1,280.42. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 1.76 points, or 0.07 percent, at 2,675.98.

(Reporting By Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Kenneth Barry)