The Standard & Poor's 500 index <.SPX> was near its session high in early afternoon after a strong 30-year Treasury bond auction.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 44.29 points, or 0.46 percent, at 9,591.51. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 5.06 points, or 0.49 percent, at 1,038.43. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 11.61 points, or 0.56 percent, at 2,072.00.

(Editing by Kenneth Barry)