U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.63%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.63%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.63%, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.86%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 2.95%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 5.84% or 5.98 points to trade at 108.30 at the close. Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) added 4.66% or 6.26 points to end at 140.52 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 4.46% or 1.89 points to 44.31 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 1.72% or 0.99 points to trade at 56.43 in late trade. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) declined 1.15% or 2.04 points to end at 175.31 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) shed 0.82% or 0.58 points to 69.96.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ: XLNX ) which rose 15.01% to 79.40, International Paper Company (NYSE: IP ) which was up 10.25% to settle at 43.76 and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F ) which gained 9.90% to close at 8.99.

The worst performers were Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which was down 20.20% to 232.07 in late trade, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which lost 15.45% to settle at 19.270 and Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX ) which was down 14.78% to 98.31 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were MoSys Inc (NASDAQ: MOSY ) which rose 50.05% to 0.3810, Erytech Pharma SA ADR (NASDAQ: ERYP ) which was up 22.47% to settle at 8.12 and Wilhelmina (NASDAQ: WHLM ) which gained 19.47% to close at 6.75.

The worst performers were National American University (NASDAQ: NAUH ) which was down 30.00% to 0.770 in late trade, Borqs Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: BRQS ) which lost 23.53% to settle at 3.25 and Novume Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: NVMM ) which was down 20.26% to 1.85 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2203 to 878 and 77 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1873 rose and 760 declined, while 93 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.00% to 24.22.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.50% or 6.20 to $1234.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.24% or 0.16 to hit $66.98 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.62% or 0.47 to trade at $76.64 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.19% to 1.1370, while USD/JPY rose 0.18% to 112.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.22% at 96.39.

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