Sodastream International shares were up sharply after a couple of analysts raised price targets on the home beverage carbonation company following its first ever analyst day.
The biggest gainer on the S&P 500 was Apollo Group after the private education service said that its University of Phoenix had received a letter from HLC Institutional Actions Council recommending reaffirmation of its accreditation for a ten-year period. The group also recommended notice status for two-years due to concerns cited in peer review team report.
Edwards Lifesciences shares were up after its board approved a new $750 million share repurchase program. The medical technology company also announced that CFO Thomas Abate would retire.
The price target on Yahoo was raised by a couple of brokers including Goldman Sachs and Cantor Fitzgerald. The Cantor analyst noted the acceleration in Alibaba's revenue growth as the reason for the move. Yahoo owns a stake in Alibaba, the Chinese internet search company.
Toymaker Mattel was among the stocks at all-time record highs, along with BlackRock, Nike and former Dow component Honeywell.
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—By CNBC's Lori Spechler
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