Producers of metals and other raw materials rose as traders rotated back into economically cyclical sectors.
Iron-ore miner Rio Tinto rallied after analysts at brokerage Citi said it was likely to report a major boost from iron prices in its first-half earnings due Wednesday.
Shares of Canadian mining concern Copper Mountain Mining rose sharply after its earnings report topped investors' expectations.
Gold futures fell below $1,800 an ounce to finish at the lowest price in nearly three weeks, as the dollar continued to gain strength ahead of this week's meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers.
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