U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.40%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.40%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.40% to hit a new 52-week high, while the S&P 500 index added 1.53%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 3.09% or 2.32 points to trade at 77.37 at the close. EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) added 2.86% or 1.77 points to end at 63.69 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 2.81% or 1.68 points to 61.49 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ), which added 0.28% or 0.34 points to trade at 122.85 in late trade. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) added 0.32% or 0.39 points to end at 121.31 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) gained 0.33% or 0.47 points to 141.27.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were CBRE Group Inc (NYSE: CBG ) which rose 6.42% to 26.20, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which was up 5.79% to settle at 24.86 and Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA ) which gained 5.20% to close at 9.82.

The worst performers were Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM ) which was down 2.82% to 158.15 in late trade, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRTX ) which lost 1.21% to settle at 88.96 and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX ) which was down 0.70% to 56.51 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Digital Ally Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY ) which rose 61.99% to 6.690, Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (NASDAQ: CLWT ) which was up 48.87% to settle at 3.290 and Echo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ECTE ) which gained 29.71% to close at 1.790.

The worst performers were Juno Therapeutic (NASDAQ: JUNO ) which was down 31.87% to 27.81 in late trade, SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which lost 31.23% to settle at 6.9800 and T2 Biosystms Inc (NASDAQ: TTOO ) which was down 30.09% to 5.32 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2840 to 443 and 27 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2148 rose and 444 declined, while 47 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 10.23% to 13.25 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.32% or 4.40 to $1366.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.22% or 0.10 to hit $45.24 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.52% or 0.24 to trade at $46.64 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.14% to 1.1048, while USD/JPY fell 0.31% to 100.47.

The US Dollar Index was unchanged 0.00% at 96.33.

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