The S&P 500 was flat at 4,229.80 during midday trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was little changed at 34,628.47.

The Nasdaq climbed 0.2% to 13,915.07.

The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond fell 2.4% to 1.53%.

The price of gold decreased 0.2% to $1,895.

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The price for a barrel of oil rose 0.5% to $69.59.

HEALTHCARE 

Shares in Medicare Advantage company Alignment Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq: ALHC) rose 4.8% to $24.32 apiece for a market cap of $4.6 billion. The company said earlier in the day that CEO and founder John Kao would appear today at the inaugural Forbes Health in Action summit, discussing health care in a post-pandemic world.

RESTAURANTS 

BJ’s Restaurants (Nasdaq: BJRI) shares rose 6% to $55.30 apiece for a market cap of $1.3 billion. BJ’s said that management will be participating virtually at the Oppenheimer 21st Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference next week and will also virtually meet with institutional investors.