U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.44% to hit a new 52-week high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.34%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ), which rose 1.55% or 2.01 points to trade at 132.04 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 1.20% or 1.81 points to end at 152.19 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 1.12% or 0.38 points to 34.38 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 0.67% or 0.95 points to trade at 140.32 in late trade. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) added 0.02% or 0.02 points to end at 85.75 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) shed 0.02% or 0.01 points to 59.34.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) which rose 4.85% to 94.10, Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS ) which was up 4.72% to settle at 210.39 and Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which gained 4.24% to close at 87.78.

The worst performers were CH Robinson Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ: CHRW ) which was down 3.45% to 71.86 in late trade, Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR ) which lost 3.00% to settle at 29.74 and Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which was down 2.97% to 11.78 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Biolife Sol (NASDAQ: BLFS ) which rose 50.55% to 2.370, Escalon Medical Corp (NASDAQ: ESMC ) which was up 45.33% to settle at 1.0317 and DT Asia Investments Ltd (NASDAQ: CADT ) which gained 45.09% to close at 7.24.

The worst performers were Digital Ally Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY ) which was down 18.09% to 5.480 in late trade, Echo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ECTE ) which lost 17.32% to settle at 1.480 and SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which was down 13.18% to 6.0600 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2241 to 1063 and 20 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1703 rose and 878 declined, while 62 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.80% to 13.57.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 0.16% or 2.15 to $1356.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.96% or 0.89 to hit $44.52 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 1.45% or 0.68 to trade at $46.08 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.1057, while USD/JPY rose 2.22% to 102.82.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.30% at 96.60.

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