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The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,633.94.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.4% to 24,510.73.

The Nasdaq was ticked down 0.1% to 7,010.40.

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The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond climbed 0.9% to 2.76%.

The price of gold was flat at $1,283.

The price of oil fell 1.4% to $52.27 a barrel.

HEALTHCARE

Mission Viejo-based Ensign Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), a healthcare facility REIT, was up 3% to $42.42 and a $2.2 billion market cap. A report yesterday by investment researcher Zacks noted the strength of the long-term care industry for an aging U.S. population.

ChromaDex Corp. (Nasdaq: CDXC) in Irvine was up 8% to $3.46 and a $190 million market cap. The nutritional ingredients maker reported study results showing “significant and enduring physiological benefits” of its flagship product “to mothers and offspring” as a supplement during breastfeeding.

MANUFACTURING

Bridgford Foods Corp. (Nasdaq: BRID) in Anaheim fell 13% to $28.44 and a $258 million market cap. The food product maker’s shares, which are majority-owned by family holders and thinly traded, are up 50% in January.