U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.66%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.66%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.66% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.27%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 2.80% or 1.52 points to trade at 55.80 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 2.37% or 5.94 points to end at 256.46 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) was up 2.23% or 4.87 points to 223.29 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which lost 1.38% or 0.82 points to trade at 58.67 in late trade. Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) declined 0.97% or 0.51 points to end at 52.29 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) shed 0.91% or 0.34 points to 36.91.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Ralph Lauren Corp Class A (NYSE: RL ) which rose 14.66% to 115.67, Discovery Inc Class A (NASDAQ: DISCA ) which was up 12.06% to settle at 31.03 and CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL ) which gained 11.38% to close at 14.88.

The worst performers were Expedia Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE ) which was down 27.39% to 98.29 in late trade, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which lost 22.41% to settle at 31.65 and Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG ) which was down 8.06% to 1849.93 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were RAPT Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RAPT ) which rose 48.47% to 22.27, Urban Tea Inc (NASDAQ: MYT ) which was up 38.78% to settle at 0.6800 and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM ) which gained 36.99% to close at 1.69.

The worst performers were ObsEva SA (NASDAQ: OBSV ) which was down 64.63% to 2.81 in late trade, Allena Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALNA ) which lost 61.71% to settle at 2.24 and Cool Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: AWSM ) which was down 59.93% to 0.119 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1495 to 1366 and 82 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1365 rose and 1286 declined, while 86 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.87% to 12.73.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 1.59% or 23.80 to $1469.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 1.30% or 0.73 to hit $57.08 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.92% or 0.57 to trade at $62.31 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.00% to 1.1050, while USD/JPY rose 0.04% to 109.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 97.972.

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