The S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,067.34 in midday trading.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat at 17,808.07, and the Nasdaq rose 0.7% to 4,746.09.
The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond declined 0.4% to 2.31%.
The price of gold was flat at $1,197.
Habit Restaurants Inc. was down 6% to $34.44 and a market cap of about $860 million on profit-taking after its recent initial public offering. It went public last Thursday, rising that day from an initial pricing of $18 to $40 in after-hours trading.
Orange County retail companies were up on sector strength and some bounce from early Black Friday sales and the start of the holiday shopping season. Of about 30 companies comparable to four based here, only three were down in midday trading.
Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. was up 3.5% to $2.05 and a $350.5 million market cap. Irvine-based Tilly’s Inc. was up 3% to $2.36 and a $206.3 million market cap. Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. was up 4.7% to $1.78 and a $123.2 million market cap. Foothill Ranch-based the Wet Seal Inc. was up 5% to 38 cents and a $32.1 million market cap.