The S&P 500 was up 0.8% in midday trading to 2,153.94,

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.7% to 18,348.28.

The NASDAQ was up 0.8% to 5,026.78.

The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond was up 5.7% to 1.52%.

The price of gold was down 1.6% to $1,335.

TECHNOLOGY

Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. was up 4.8% to $51.94 and a $14.6 billion market cap. Shares in the storage products maker rose as competitor Seagate Technology in Cupertino was up 22% to an $8.8 billion market cap. Seagate raised its quarterly guidance and said it would cut 6,500 jobs or about 14% of its total employees.

AGRICULTURE

Newport Beach-based American Vanguard Corp. was up 4% to $16.35 and a $476.6 million market cap on moderate volume. The company makes pesticides and specialty chemicals.