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Tuesday's midday movers: SCANA, Whole Foods & more

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Take a look at some of Tuesday's midday movers:

Gold companies benefited from the precious metal's 2 percent rally. Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold and Gold Fields each rose more than 4 percent.

A more than 1 percent decline in utilities sent sector stocks lower. Multi-utilities SCANA, Wisconsin Energy, and CMS Energy, along with power producer AES all traded down about 2 percent.

Whole Foods gained more than 1 percent following bullish reports in three investing news websites.

Akamai Technology rose about 1 percent after D.A. Davidson raised its price target on the cloud computing firm.

American Realty surged more than 8 percent after activist investor Corvex disclosed a 7.1 percent stake in the real estate investment consulting group.