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Associated Press Modified: November 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012
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On Wednesday, Greek lawmakers will vote on a €13.5 billion ($17.3 billion) austerity package that is required by international creditors for Greece to receive its next installment of bailout funds. Without the cash, Athens faces bankruptcy.

There was only one major economic report in the U.S. on Monday, a measure of activity among so-called service companies, which employ about 90 percent of the American workforce. The Institute for Supply Management's services sector index showed growth in October, but at a slower pace than in September, and just short of what economists expected.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.2 percent to 13,112.44. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.2 percent to 1,417.26. The Nasdaq composite index rose 0.6 percent to 2,999.66.

Benchmark crude for December delivery was up 5 cents to $85.70 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 79 cents to close at $85.65 on the Nymex on Monday.

In currencies, the euro fell to $1.2784 from $1.2792. The dollar fell to 80.23 yen from 80.26 yen.