U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.58%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.58%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Financials and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.58%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.52%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ), which rose 1.16% or 0.81 points to trade at 70.46 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) added 1.14% or 0.74 points to end at 65.53 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 1.14% or 1.33 points to 118.47 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 0.59% or 0.35 points to trade at 58.65 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 0.33% or 0.31 points to end at 94.90 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) shed 0.11% or 0.12 points to 106.82.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which rose 4.17% to 24.98, Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG ) which was up 2.62% to settle at 77.48 and Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA ) which gained 2.55% to close at 10.26.

The worst performers were Tegna Inc (NYSE: TGNA ) which was down 2.20% to 20.4300 in late trade, Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: GILD ) which lost 2.01% to settle at 78.17 and Expedia Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE ) which was down 1.40% to 109.80 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Macrocure Ltd (NASDAQ: MCUR ) which rose 66.12% to 2.0100, SkyPeople Fruit Juice Inc (NASDAQ: SPU ) which was up 58.33% to settle at 9.5000 and Neothetics Inc (NASDAQ: NEOT ) which gained 28.45% to close at 1.07.

The worst performers were Intercloud (NASDAQ: ICLD ) which was down 17.65% to 0.3500 in late trade, Antares Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: ATRS ) which lost 16.31% to settle at 1.180 and Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR ) which was down 15.67% to 6.350 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2232 to 942 and 86 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1563 rose and 968 declined, while 94 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.35% to 12.92.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.00% or 0.05 to $1325.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 1.39% or 0.66 to hit $46.98 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 1.46% or 0.73 to trade at $49.42 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.07% to 1.1187, while USD/JPY rose 0.08% to 101.88.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.05% at 95.53.

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