The airlines sector gained 3.41 percent in the afternoon session to emerge as the market's best performing sector of the day, followed by farming & fishing sector with 2.64 percent gain. Aluminum industry lost 5.84 percent to become the biggest loser of the day.
In the airlines industry, Guggenheim Airline ETF (NYSEArca: FAA) gained 2.94 percent or $1.01 to $35.40, and Direxion Airline Shares (NYSEArca: FLYX) added 2.77 percent or 93 cents to $34.55. Among major stocks, United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) shares were up 6.77 percent or $1.40 to $21.92. Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) gained 5.09 percent or 49 cents to $9.91, and Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) added 4.47 percent or $2.68 to $62.69.
Among major movers in farming & fishing sector, Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) shares added 3.29 percent or $2.21 to $69.36. However, Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc (Nasdaq: GRIF) shares were down 0.41 percent or 13 cents to $31.60. Shares of the Andersons, Inc (Nasdaq: ANDE) slipped 1.35 percent or 65 cents to $47.44.
In the aluminum sector, Global X Aluminum ETF (NYSEArca: ALUM) lost 2.86 percent or 46 cents to $15.60. iPath DJ-UBS Aluminum Subindex (NYSEArca: JJU) slipped 1.33 percent or 43 cents to $34.89. Among major stocks, Century Aluminum Co. (Nasdaq: CENX) shares were down 6.87 percent or $1.36 to $1829. Shares of Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) tumbled 6.39 percent or $1.14 to $16.64, and Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. (NYSE: NOR) shares lost 4.91 percent or 78 cents to $15.10.