Stocks were generally higher after the European Union reached a $2 trillion deal to rebuild the continent’s economy, and U.S. congressional leaders supported a new round of stimulus checks to counter the COVID-19 recession.

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% to 3,266.46 during midday trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.1% to 26,984.04.

The Nasdaq slid 0.5% to 10,709.57.

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The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond fell 3.7% to 0.597%.

The price of gold increased 1.4% to $1,841.90.

The price for a barrel of oil rose 2.4% to $41.79.


Local bank stocks rose on the increased signs of financial support for the economic recovery.

• Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. (Nasdaq: FFWM was up 7.6% to $16.05 per share for a market cap of $716.7 million, after beating second-quarter earnings and revenue estimates.

• Pacific Premier Bancorp. Inc. (Nasdaq: PPBI) also of Irvine rose $5.3% to $20.67 per share for a market cap of almost $2 billion

• Banc of California Inc. (NYSE:BANC) in Santa Ana rose 7% to $10.27 a share for a market cap of $513.1 million

• Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC) in Costa Mesa increased 7.2% to $3.86 per share for a market cap of $91.1 million.


Irvine-based diagnostics firm Biomerica Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRA) fell 7% to $11.20 per share for a market cap of $126.1 million. Analyst site said earlier in the day that Biomerica “is scoring comparatively lower than the scores of other players of the relevant industry.” Shares in the company had enjoyed a 70% price surge in the four months through through Monday after the firm introduced its 10-minute test that determines if a person has the antibodies to the coronavirus.