U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.21%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.21%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Technology and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.21%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 2.06% or 4.53 points to trade at 224.95 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) added 1.17% or 0.85 points to end at 73.81 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) was up 1.00% or 0.84 points to 84.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which lost 2.33% or 1.56 points to trade at 65.33 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) declined 0.50% or 1.14 points to end at 227.74 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.48% or 0.40 points to 82.86.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN ) which rose 3.70% to 406.00, Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC ) which was up 2.90% to settle at 17.01 and Alaska Air Group Inc (NYSE: ALK ) which gained 2.77% to close at 68.98.

The worst performers were ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG ) which was down 8.54% to 32.98 in late trade, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB ) which lost 5.44% to settle at 36.86 and Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL ) which was down 4.84% to 63.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SSLJ.com Ltd Class A (NASDAQ: SSLJ ) which rose 70.25% to 0.8700, Achieve Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ACHV ) which was up 39.56% to settle at 3.8100 and Rxi Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: RXII ) which gained 28.35% to close at 1.6300.

The worst performers were Geron Corporation (NASDAQ: GERN ) which was down 62.92% to 2.310 in late trade, Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ: SKYS ) which lost 43.90% to settle at 0.460 and Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ: ALT ) which was down 27.62% to 8.780 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1671 to 1346 and 137 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1285 rose and 1277 declined, while 149 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.57% to 12.43.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.99% or 11.90 to $1187.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.77% or 0.55 to hit $72.12 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.61% or 0.49 to trade at $81.28 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.82% to 1.1644, while USD/JPY rose 0.58% to 113.37.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.76% at 94.59.

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