In this Friday, April 11, 2014 photo, trader Anthony Carannante, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A government report showing March retail sales notched their biggest increase in 18 months helped give U.S. stocks a lift Monday, April 14, 2014. Better-than-expected results from Citigroup helped ease worries that first-quarter corporate earnings would be weak. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

U.S. stocks mounted a modest rally on Monday, helping investors recover some of the ground lost after a rough finish last week.

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