In economic news, sales of existing homes climbed 24.7% in July from June, the strongest monthly gain in the survey's history, dating back to 1968, and the highest sales pace since December 2006.
Against this backdrop, investors looked for stocks in a variety of sectors.
1. CryoPort | Percentage Increase Over 13%
CryoPort (CYRX) - Get Report was higher after the integrated freight and logistics company said it had agreed to acquire Cryopdp, a temperature-controlled logistics solutions company based in Paris in an all-cash transaction valued at about €49 million, or $57.7 million.
2. Buckle | Percentage Increase Over 18%
Buckle (BKE) - Get Report advanced after the apparel retailer said second-quarter net income more than doubled to $34.7 million. Net sales increased 6% year over year to $216 million. E-commerce sales doubled.
3. MobileIron | Percentage Increase 12%
MobileIron (MOBL) - Get Report, which provides cybersecurity for mobile devices, rose after Bloomberg reported the company is working with a financial adviser to explore options including a potential sale. The company may also decide to remain independent, Bloomberg said.
4. Deere & Co. | Percentage Increase Over 4%
Deere & Co. (DE) - Get Report rose after the company posted stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings and improved its full-year forecasts. Cost cutting and stabilizing farm sales supported the industrial equipment company's bottom line.