U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.27%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.27%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Healthcare and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.27% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.09%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 1.94% or 4.62 points to trade at 242.90 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) added 1.21% or 1.01 points to end at 84.39 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) was up 1.01% or 0.36 points to 35.86 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which lost 0.95% or 1.25 points to trade at 130.00 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 0.93% or 1.18 points to end at 126.06 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) shed 0.50% or 0.23 points to 45.70.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC ) which rose 9.63% to 21.40, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was up 7.14% to settle at 3.600 and News Corp B (NASDAQ: NWS ) which gained 4.84% to close at 16.25.

The worst performers were Viacom B Inc (NASDAQ: VIAB ) which was down 4.90% to 28.74 in late trade, Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT ) which lost 4.64% to settle at 14.19 and Red Hat Inc (NYSE: RHT ) which was down 4.48% to 164.75 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Boxlight Corp Class A (NASDAQ: BOXL ) which rose 77.44% to 11.80, Integrated Media Technology Ltd (NASDAQ: IMTE ) which was up 61.83% to settle at 18.95 and ProPhase Labs Inc (NASDAQ: PRPH ) which gained 26.76% to close at 5.210.

The worst performers were Ominto Inc (NASDAQ: OMNT ) which was down 55.13% to 1.1800 in late trade, aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: LIFE ) which lost 32.61% to settle at 1.550 and DHX Media Ltd (NASDAQ: DHXM ) which was down 19.70% to 2.65 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1640 to 1428 and 120 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1402 fell and 1147 advanced, while 116 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.21% to 12.93.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.54% or 7.10 to $1313.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.57% or 0.40 to hit $71.10 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.71% or 1.32 to trade at $78.44 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.04% to 1.1936, while USD/JPY rose 0.22% to 109.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 92.50.

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