The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 3,005.38.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 27,228.89.
The Nasdaq increased 0.4% to 8,226.43.
The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond was up 0.1 % to 2.12%.
The price of gold rose 0.3% to $1,411.
The price of oil climbed up 0.7% to $60.59 a barrel.
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) in Irvine was down 2.5% to $190.21 with a market cap of $39.3 billion. Earlier this week, Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Mussallem sold about $4.3 million worth of shares.
Costa Mesa-based Veritone Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI) was down 1.9% to $7.79 with a market cap of $157 million. Shares of the AI and media firm have more than doubled year to date. It announced Wednesday that Cox Media Group will use the company’s AI-powered analytics technology across more than 60 radio stations in 11 markets.