NEW YORK - The major U.S. stock indexes capped a day of mostly subdued trading with slight gains Monday.
Consumer and household goods companies posted some of the biggest gains, offsetting losses by industrial and energy stocks. A batch of corporate deal news also helped put investors in a buying mood.
Mattel soared nearly 21 percent on a report that Hasbro offered to buy the rival toymaker. General Electric slumped about 7 percent after cutting its dividend and releasing a weak forecast for next year.
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