U.S. markets were largely flat heading into the Independence Day weekend, as gold prices extend a month-long rally Friday. Prices for the yellow metal were up about 1.4% in midday trading to $1,339 a troy ounce.
The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrials were each up about 0.2% in afternoon trading, as the Nasdaq was about 0.4% higher.
Phoenix mining giant Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), a member of Real Money's Stressed Out watch list, was up about 2% in midday trading, and about 7% in the past month, as gold climbed about 10% over the same period.
Micron Technology (MU) lagged to the bottom of the S&P 500 for the day, after posting a revenue miss for the fiscal third quarter, which pulled the shares of the semiconductor maker down 10% in afternoon trading.
Micron posted sales of $2.9 billion for the quarter, missing consensus estimates by about 2%, despite earnings per share of $0.80 surpassing forecasts by 16%.
Meanwhile, Harley-Davidson (HOG) surged 12% on talk that the motorcycle manufacturer may be being courted by private equity firm KKR.
"Harley-Davidson has periodically been the subject of marketplace speculation of various sorts, and it's our longstanding practice not to comment on market rumors and speculation," the company said in response to speculation reports posted by Open Outcrier, Benzinga.com and The Fly.
Finally, Chesapeake Energy (CHK), also a member of Real Money's Stressed Out watch list, climbed about 5%, as the Oklahoma City oil-and-gas company benefited from a 1.2% increase in natural gas prices, which advanced to $2.96 per million British thermal units.
-- Written by James Passeri