U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.06%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.06%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Utilities and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.06%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.06%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.48%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which rose 5.01% or 2.11 points to trade at 44.20 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 3.30% or 5.52 points to end at 172.89 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) was up 2.99% or 10.32 points to 355.17 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 1.68% or 3.85 points to trade at 224.93 in late trade. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) declined 0.43% or 0.06 points to end at 14.84 and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ) shed 0.43% or 0.33 points to 76.13.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT ) which rose 9.19% to 52.97, CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL ) which was up 8.24% to settle at 19.03 and Zoetis Inc (NYSE: ZTS ) which gained 5.75% to close at 78.74.

The worst performers were NetApp Inc (NASDAQ: NTAP ) which was down 7.35% to 56.18 in late trade, Equinix Inc (NASDAQ: EQIX ) which lost 6.38% to settle at 408.03 and Omnicom Group Inc (NYSE: OMC ) which was down 6.37% to 77.51 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: MBRX ) which rose 59.29% to 2.90, AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AMAG ) which was up 28.78% to settle at 17.90 and Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd (NASDAQ: GLMD ) which gained 24.77% to close at 6.800.

The worst performers were Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CDMO ) which was down 26.92% to 2.3750 in late trade, DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DMPI ) which lost 18.66% to settle at 1.106 and FlexShopper Inc (NASDAQ: FPAY ) which was down 18.44% to 2.985 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2126 to 1029 and 21 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1687 rose and 845 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 0.93% to 19.44.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.07% or 1.00 to $1357.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.62% or 0.98 to hit $61.58 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.25% or 0.16 to trade at $64.52 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.45% to 1.2506, while USD/JPY fell 0.79% to 106.15.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.47% at 88.49.

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