US stocks rise; Apple up on dividend announcement

A trader uses a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

March 19, 2012 12:55:34 PM PDT
U.S. stocks drifted higher Monday but lost the momentum from their biggest week of the year. A dividend from Apple, a deal for UPS and the promise of greater demand for U.S. Steel drove those stocks to gains.