Overnight: US stocks were near flat on Monday, as Wall Street considered earnings and Tuesday's delayed release of the nonfarm-payrolls report for Sept. Treasury prices inched lower as investors looked ahead to a delayed nonfarm-payrolls report as the next major indicator of the health of the US economy. The dollar scored minor gains versus rivals as traders awaited a round of US economic data. Gold futures edged higher,& oil futures dipped below $100 a barrel, with traders concerned about ample supplies after a delayed US government report showed that stockpiles of crude rose more than expected for the week ended Oct. 11. The UK's FTSE100 advanced for an eighth straight day. European stock markets were mostly higher, with the benchmark index on track for an eighth straight day of gains. London BHP up 0.78%. Rio up 0.81%. New York BHP up 0.96%. Rio up 0.66% LME Base metals pushed higher.