Indexes were mixed at midday trading after the U.S. Department of Labor’s report showed fewer people applied for unemployment insurance in the last week.

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading at 3,331.70.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average 5.9 increased 0.4% to 26,233.62.

The Nasdaq fell 0.4% to 11,038.01.

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The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond declined 1.5% to 0.53%.

The price of gold rose 1% to $2,071.

The price of oil dipped 0.4% to $42.02 a barrel.

TECHNOLOGY

Alteryx Inc. (NYSE: AYX) moved down 4.3% to $170.97 a share with an $11.3 billion market cap. Irvine-based Alteryx, a provider of data analytics software, will report Q2 earnings today.

HEALTHCARE

Lake Forest-based Staar Surgical Co. (Nasdaq: STAA) fell 9.4% to a share price of $55.98 and a $2.5 billion market cap. Yesterday, the implantable lens maker reported net sales of $35.2 million in the quarter ended July 3, which was below the analyst consensus estimate of $37.8 million, and down 11% from the same period a year ago.

Masimo Corp. in Irvine dipped 3.3% to $217.66 a share with a nearly $12 billion market cap. Volume at the medical device maker (Nasdaq: MASI) was about a third of the normal daily average of 651,984 shares.

HEALTH REAL ESTATE

Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) jumped 12% to $54.40 and a $2.9 billion market cap. The provider of nursing homes reported second-quarter revenue and adjusted profit that topped analysts' consensus estimates. The San Juan Capistrano-based company also boosted its annual profit forecast to $3 to $3.10 from a prior estimate of $2.50 to $2.58.