U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.65%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.65%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.65% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.76%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 2.51% or 4.40 points to trade at 179.58 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 1.78% or 3.75 points to end at 215.01 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 1.74% or 1.34 points to 78.28 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 0.97% or 0.51 points to trade at 52.30 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 0.28% or 0.13 points to end at 46.51 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) shed 0.17% or 0.31 points to 187.32.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which rose 8.96% to 52.41, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT ) which was up 7.23% to settle at 34.55 and Patterson Companies Inc (NASDAQ: PDCO ) which gained 6.73% to close at 47.13.

The worst performers were Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE ) which was down 6.86% to 17.52 in late trade, Analog Devices Inc (NASDAQ: ADI ) which lost 4.14% to settle at 82.21 and Extra Space Storage Inc (NYSE: EXR ) which was down 2.19% to 75.77 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ChinaCache International Holdings (NASDAQ: CCIH ) which rose 45.65% to 1.34, Spi Energy Co Ltd (NASDAQ: SPI ) which was up 35.51% to settle at 1.87 and Inventergy (NASDAQ: INVT ) which gained 32.30% to close at 0.188.

The worst performers were Neothetics Inc (NASDAQ: NEOT ) which was down 17.62% to 2.01 in late trade, LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ: LINU ) which lost 14.48% to settle at 0.620 and Tantech Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: TANH ) which was down 13.77% to 2.13 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2562 to 663 and 33 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1891 rose and 644 declined, while 100 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.28% to 9.86.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.46% or 5.80 to $1266.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.50% or 0.24 to hit $48.08 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.75% or 0.38 to trade at $50.38 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.27% to 1.1214, while USD/JPY rose 0.51% to 111.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.26% at 97.16.

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