Chipotle Mexican Grill was the best performer on the S&P 500 index after the fast-casual restaurant chain delivered better-than-expected quarterly earnings.
Capital One Financial popped after the credit-card company posted first-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations and said that it is seeking regulatory approval to begin a share buyback.
Celanese was higher even after the company warned that fiscal 2013 earnings per share growth would be 12 and 14 percent, below the 15 percent that analysts were expecting. Global chemical company Eastman Chemical also surged, reports suggest a move higher in sympathy with Celanese.
Kroger and Duke Energy were among companies that hit new multi-year highs. Meanwhile, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble and Colgate Palmolive were among companies that hit new all-time highs.
Hershey also hit a new all-time high for the third time in the last four sessions.
Apple hit a new 52-week low for the third-consecutive session. EMC and Apache also hit 52-week lows.
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—By CNBC's Lori Spechler
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