The S&P 500 rose 0.3% 2,086.91.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 0.5% to 17,972.11 and the Nasdaq was up 0.5% to 4,940.44.
The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond rose 0.5% to 1.91%.
The price of gold fell 0.7% to $1,210.
Anaheim-based Willdan Group Inc. was up 4% to $14.65 and a $114 million market cap on heavy trading. Shares rose 6% yesterday and are moving this week at about double the engineering firm’s 90-day average.
Newport Beach-based American Vanguard Corp. was up 3.7% to $11.65 and a $340 million market cap. Its shares rose 3% yesterday on word the chemical company bought an Israel-based company’s Nemacur pesticide business in Europe.