Nike stock is up after the closing bell after the company's earnings flew above Wall Street's expectations.

6. International markets looking chipper: European markets mostly retreated, while Asian markets largely ended with gains. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was a standout performer -- rising by 1.4 percent during the day.

Gold prices slid 0.4 percent. Prices for the shiny metal tend to rise when investors are feeling nervous, and tend to fall when investors are feeling confident. Oil prices also dropped about 1 percent.