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NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

Dollar General jumped after making a bid for retailer Family Dollar, a rival discount store. The offer topped a bid made last month by Dollar Tree, another discount retailer. Airlines were also among the big gainers as the price of oil slumped.

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