The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which rose 3.11% or 4.73 points to trade at 156.92 at the close. EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) added 2.66% or 1.71 points to end at 65.94 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 2.57% or 2.00 points to 79.80 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 1.07% or 0.79 points to trade at 73.27 in late trade. Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ) declined 0.93% or 1.23 points to end at 130.81 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 0.80% or 0.45 points to 55.47.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX ) which rose 21.83% to 29.35, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which was up 11.23% to settle at 34.66 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which gained 10.73% to close at 12.90.
The worst performers were Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST ) which was down 3.46% to 43.79 in late trade, Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT ) which lost 2.77% to settle at 39.34 and Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM ) which was down 2.68% to 39.96 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Clean Diesel Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: CDTI ) which rose 81.41% to 0.6803, Sage Therapeutic (NASDAQ: SAGE ) which was up 37.33% to settle at 46.21 and SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which gained 33.99% to close at 8.1200.
The worst performers were CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTR ) which was down 59.76% to 1.010 in late trade, Escalon Medical Corp (NASDAQ: ESMC ) which lost 28.71% to settle at 0.7200 and KBS Fashion Group Ltd (NASDAQ: KBSF ) which was down 19.19% to 0.3100 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2307 to 997 and 21 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1857 rose and 746 declined, while 46 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.52% to 13.61.
In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 1.70% or 23.10 to $1333.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 4.49% or 2.01 to hit $46.77 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 4.54% or 2.10 to trade at $48.35 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1062, while USD/JPY rose 1.91% to 104.75.
The US Dollar Index was down 0.05% at 96.53.
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