Stocks extended gains on Monday after data showed construction spending rose in March and pending home sales increased more than anticipated.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 152.05 points, or 1.85 percent, to 8,364.46. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 16.79 points, or 1.91 percent, to 894.31. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> added 25.58 points, or 1.49 percent, to 1,744.78.
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)