Indexes rose in midday trading on easing of worries over Italy’s political woes and sector strength in finance and energy.
The S&P 500 was up 1.2% to 2,722.71, the Dow Jones Industrial Average 1.2% to 24,645.97, the Nasdaq 0.8% to 7,458.10.
The yield on a 10-year Treasury bond leapt 3.1% to 2.86%.
The price of gold was 0.2% higher at $1,306.
Ensign Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG) in Mission Viejo was up 3.3% to $37.17 and a $1.9 billion market cap. It runs assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. The $37 share price is about a three-year-high for Ensign.
Five Point Holdings LLC (NYSE: FPH) was down 4.7% to $11.23 and a $1.6 billion market cap. It owns and develops real estate, including the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine. OC’s second largest landowner went public at $14 last May, and is now trading near its all-time low.
BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) in Huntington Beach was up 5.7% to $56.70 and a $1.2 billion market cap. It runs a chain of about 200 casual dining restaurants. Shares are up almost 60 percent this year.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) in Newport Beach was up 8.3% to $3.11 and a $474 million market cap. It operates natural gas fueling stations. Shares have doubled this month amid a spike in rival diesel prices and French oil giant Total SA’s (NYSE: TOT) intention to buy a 25% stake in the company, becoming its largest shareholder, and provide a $100 million credit line.
Kush Bottles Inc. (OTC: KSHB) was up 4.7% to $6.01 and a $393 million market cap. It makes bottles and packaging for the cannabis products industry.