U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.63%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.63%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Telecoms and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.63% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.45%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 2.23% or 0.40 points to trade at 18.55 at the close. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) added 2.21% or 3.50 points to end at 161.99 and DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) was up 2.08% or 1.52 points to 74.57 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which lost 1.92% or 0.87 points to trade at 44.39 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 0.48% or 1.44 points to end at 296.36 and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) shed 0.48% or 0.62 points to 127.89.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ: SRCL ) which rose 4.72% to 70.82, Arconic Inc (NYSE: ARNC ) which was up 4.75% to settle at 29.31 and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which gained 4.24% to close at 12.040.

The worst performers were L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was down 11.55% to 51.44 in late trade, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) which lost 4.78% to settle at 71.90 and Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG ) which was down 3.38% to 49.02 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNET ) which rose 651.85% to 8.7967, HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: HTGM ) which was up 66.48% to settle at 3.812 and Cellect Biotechnology Ltd (NASDAQ: APOP ) which gained 44.87% to close at 10.30.

The worst performers were Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY ) which was down 19.84% to 10.73 in late trade, China HGS Real Estate Inc (NASDAQ: HGSH ) which lost 19.19% to settle at 1.980 and Rex Energy Corp (NASDAQ: REXX ) which was down 17.70% to 1.8600 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1956 to 1191 and 30 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1528 rose and 1006 declined, while 95 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.44% to 9.11 a new all time low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.46% or 6.10 to $1324.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.52% or 0.32 to hit $61.95 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.21% or 0.14 to trade at $67.98 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.42% to 1.2067, while USD/JPY rose 0.21% to 112.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.32% at 91.60.

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