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The S&P 500 rose 0.1% in midday trading to 2,768.80.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 0.2% higher to 25,394.88.
The Nasdaq ticked down 0.3% to 7,477.85.
The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond climbed 0.6% to 3.16%.
The price of gold rose 0.7% to $1,230.
Anaheim-based Bridgford Foods Corp. (Nasdaq: BRID) was up 3.4% to $16.55 and a $150 million market cap. Volume was a tenth of its normal daily average. The closely held, thinly traded, family-run firm makes frozen and refrigerated products, mainly biscuits, sausage, and beef jerky.
Lantronix Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) in Irvine rose 3.6% to $3.88 on light volume. Lantronix, which is scheduled to issue first-quarter results on Oct. 25, has an $83 million market cap.