The Dow Jones industrial average rose 9 points, or 0.08%, to 12,994. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose 3 points, or 0.25%, to 1,366. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 6 points, or 0.23%, to 2,963.
In the macroeconomic domain, the US Reuters/Michigan index of consumer sentiment rose to 75.3 in February from 72.5 the previous month, hitting its highest level in a year and outpacing expectations of 73.0.
New home sales rose at a 321,000 annual rate in January, exceeding expectations of 315,000 and compared to December's upwardly revised level of 324,000.
European markets were mostly higher with the Stoxx Europe 600 up 0.2% as concerns about Greece's debt eased. Gold dropped 0.6% to $1,776 an ounce while crude oil futures climbed 0.4% to $108.25 a barrel.