Wall Street advances on tech strength

US stock indexes have risen as growth stocks gained, shrugging off inflation worries in the run up to third-quarter earnings reports from later this week.

Mega-caps Apple Inc, Tesla Inc and Microsoft Corp rose between 0.6 per cent and 1.0 per cent, with eight of the 11 major S&P 500 sector indexes trading higher.

Energy and materials led sectoral gains on the back of surging commodity prices.

US oil rose nearly 3.0 per cent to a seven-year high, feeding into fears of higher inflation as an energy crisis gripping the major economies showed no sign of easing.

"Inflation looks like it will be here for some time," said Joshua Mahony, senior market analyst at IG.

In early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 149.94 points, or 0.43 per cent, at 34,896.19, the S&P 500 was up 17.41 points, or 0.40 per cent, at 4,408.75 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 62.08 points, or 0.43 per cent, at 14,641.62.

Earnings season will kick off this week, with JPMorgan Chase & Co reporting on Wednesday, followed by Bank of America Corp, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc on Thursday and Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Friday.

"Any earnings miss will probably be because of supply chain disruptions, not being able to get enough products on the shelf or having the products in the wrong place or sitting in ports," said Robert Pavlik, senior portfolio manager at Dakota Wealth in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Analysts expect a 29.6 per cent year-over-year increase in profit for S&P 500 companies in the third quarter, according to IBES data from Refinitiv as of Friday, down from 96.3 per cent growth in the second quarter.

All of Wall Street's main indexes logged weekly gains last week, with investors still expecting the Federal Reserve to begin tapering asset purchases later this year.

After data last week showed weaker jobs growth than expected in September, investors are now looking toward inflation and retail sales numbers this week as well as minutes of the Fed's last meeting that could confirm that a November tapering was discussed.

Among individual stocks, Southwest Airlines Co slipped 2.9 per cent on a report that it cancelled at least 30 per cent of its scheduled flights on Sunday.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 2.09-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by a 1.42-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded 36 new 52-week highs and four new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 61 new highs and 66 new lows.

US bond markets were shut on Monday on account of a US federal holiday.

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