Boeing The plane manufacturer and aluminum-producer Alcoa rose on a better-than-expected orders for durable goods in July, with strong demand for aircraft cited.
Doral Financial - The bank declined after disclosing in a regulatory filing that talks to negotiate with Puerto Rico fell through on the company's attempt to get a $229 million tax refund.
Exxon Mobil - The oil producer led gains on the Dow Jones Industrial Average as it rose to a record, with UnitedHealth Group also helping pace blue-chip gains.
Kite Pharma - The biotechnology company advanced on positive results in an early-stage study for an experimental cancer immunotherapy.
Merck & Co. - The pharmaceutical company rose, along with Pfizer, on news the two would collaborate on potential treatments for lung cancer.
Mobileye - The designer of technology to avoid car accidents rose as Wall Street banks issued their first coverage notes, which were generally bullish.
Qualcomm - The maker of mobile chips edged higher. Reuters cited people familiar with the matter in reporting the company could face a European antitrust probe.
Trina Solar - The supplier of solar panels fell after reporting weaker-than-expected second-quarter results.
(See CNBC's Market Insider Blog)
—By CNBC's Rich Fisherman.
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