The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,426.67.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4% to 21,370.39.
The NASDAQ was up 0.1% to 6,152.57.
The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond was up 1% to 2.29%.
The price of gold was down 0.3% to $1,242.
Acacia Research Corp. was down 4.6% to $4.10 and a $207 million market cap. The patent licenser’s shares jumped a similar amount earlier this week on news of an agreement that settled litigation with a China-based company.
Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ: ABTL) in Irvine was down 4.6% to $12.69 and a $141 million market cap on moderate volume. The company provides automobile sales leads.