Treasuries rose and stocks were little changed with investors straying on the side of caution as geopolitical concerns build in Asia and the Middle East. Oil posted its longest run of gains this year and the dollar weakened for the first time in three trading sessions.

For the sixth time in seven days, the S& P 500 ran into difficulty after crossing above its 21 -day moving average. The chart level, roughly the index's mean altitude over the last month, current sits at 2,360.7. The S& P 500 went as high as 2,366.37 before falling back to finish little changed. The price swingings sent the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX — the market's standard fear gauge — to the highest level this year.

Energy shares were one of the few bright spots in the S& P 500 as Libya's biggest oil field suffered another outage while Russia signaled it's weighing an extension of OPEC-led production cuts. French bonds fell, widening the yield spread over Germany at the very highest since February after polls demonstrated the country's presidential election is becoming a four-way tournament. European stocks traded largely sideways as equities in France gave up ground.

Oil rose for a fifth day after advancing 3.2 percentage last week following a U.S. military ten-strike on Syria. In Russia, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday his ministry had been in talks with oil companies regarding the need to prolong the six-month is being dealt with OPEC. The U.S.'s decision to divert an aircraft carrier to North Asia triggered a selloff in South Korea assets and renewed concern of Chinese involvement in any regional conflict.

A Credit Suisse gauge tracking how much investors are paying for equity protection has rallied.

While demand for haven assets has eased as financial markets attempt to shrug off Friday's disappointing U.S. employment figures, a ratcheting up of geopolitical tensions and Europe's looming test of populism curtailed optimism. Corporate outcomes may offer the next fresh catalyst — they'll accelerate this week with earnings due from the likes of JPMorgan Chase& Co ., Tesco Plc and Prada SpA.

” Geopolitics trumps economics as the main marketplace driver, with strained U.S.-Russian the relationships and the dispatch of a U.S. aircraft carrier towards the Korean peninsula stimulating the headlines ,” Kit Juckes, a global strategist at Societe Generale, wrote in a note.” This week, it will be geopolitics and events outside the U.S. which drive marketplaces .”

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What investors will be watching the coming week 😛 TAGEND Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and South Korea are among countries setting interest rates. U.S. bank earnings also begin with Citigroup, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo early Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with Russian equivalent Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, and is expected to press the Kremlin about chemical weapons in Syria. Fed Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari will participate in a Q& A at a meeting of the Minnesota Business Partnership on Tuesday. The U.K. economy is in focus. Inflation probably slowed in March, tomorrow's report may prove, though the headline rate should pick up in coming months. Employment figures are likely to have remained steady on Wednesday, while wage growth slowed. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.1 percent at 1,229.06 as of 4: 09 p.m. in New York, after advancing 0.3 percent on Friday. The pound gained 0.4 percentage versus the greenback. The S& P 500 rose 0.07 percentage to 2,357.16. The underlying gauge lost 0.3 percentage last week. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index finished little changed. France's CAC 40 Index fell 0.5 percent The yield on 10 -year Treasuries fell 2 basis points to 2.36 percent, after climbing four basis points on Friday. France's 10 -year yield rose four basis points to 0.93 percentage. That compared to the bund benchmark yield at 0.21 percent, little changed from the last session. Gold was little changed at $1,254.18 per ounce. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.6 percentage to $53.08 a barrel, after climbing more than 1 percent in each of the previous two sessions.