U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.67%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.67%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.67% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.76%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.71%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which rose 2.96% or 1.64 points to trade at 57.04 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 2.19% or 2.88 points to end at 134.54 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) was up 2.00% or 7.03 points to 359.09 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which lost 1.23% or 2.17 points to trade at 174.87 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 0.65% or 1.69 points to end at 259.77 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 0.44% or 0.25 points to 56.83.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST ) which rose 5.95% to 57.34, M&T Bank Corp (NYSE: MTB ) which was up 5.69% to settle at 163.21 and KKR & Co LP (F: KR51 ) which gained 4.74% to close at 19.23.

The worst performers were Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which was down 24.67% to 25.13 in late trade, Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE: PCG ) which lost 9.53% to settle at 6.36 and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) which was down 4.41% to 42.53 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ: LMFA ) which rose 49.30% to 2.12, China Advanced Construction Materials Group Inc (NASDAQ: CADC ) which was up 31.52% to settle at 4.340 and Biocept Inc (NASDAQ: BIOC ) which gained 29.49% to close at 3.030.

The worst performers were Organogenesis Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ORGO ) which was down 57.69% to 55.000 in late trade, Medalist Diversified Reit Inc (NASDAQ: MDRR ) which lost 19.44% to settle at 7.46 and Golden Bull Ltd (NASDAQ: DNJR ) which was down 15.11% to 7.64 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2105 to 927 and 104 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1593 rose and 1034 declined, while 90 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.15% to 18.06 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.17% or 2.25 to $1291.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.11% or 0.06 to hit $52.25 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.13% or 0.08 to trade at $61.24 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.04% to 1.1393, while USD/JPY rose 0.11% to 109.20.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 95.708.

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