The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in midday trading to 2,761.88

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 25,507.21.

The Nasdaq climbed 0.6% to 7,196.55.

The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond fell 0.4% to 2.54%.

The price of gold was 0.3% higher to $1,323.

REAL ESTATE

William Lyon Homes (NYSE: WLH) in Newport Beach was up 5.3% to $32.39 and a $1.4 billion market cap on above average volume. Shares in the home builder and developer have doubled in the last 12 months.

HEALTHCARE

Ensign Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG) in Mission Viejo was up 3.9% to $23.65 and a $1.2 billion market cap on moderate volume. Shares in the healthcare provider are up this week since a Zack’s report Monday.

RESTAURANTS

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine was up 2.8% to $9.30 and a $240 million market cap. The fast-casual burger chain said recently it would expand the number of drive-thru locations it builds: half of its new openings this year and most new sites in 2019 would have the service, a shift in the fast casual industry.