U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.29%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.38%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 3.09% or 4.34 points to trade at 144.97 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) added 1.82% or 0.86 points to end at 48.11 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) was up 1.77% or 1.00 points to 57.34 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 1.52% or 3.21 points to trade at 207.43 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 1.53% or 5.04 points to end at 324.28 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) shed 0.80% or 0.47 points to 58.32.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which rose 10.09% to 7.58, Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI ) which was up 9.98% to settle at 101.93 and Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) which gained 7.65% to close at 117.00.

The worst performers were TechnipFMC PLC (NYSE: FTI ) which was down 6.03% to 10.76 in late trade, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG ) which lost 5.64% to settle at 17.80 and Unum Group (NYSE: UNM ) which was down 4.82% to 23.50 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Atlantic American Corporation (NASDAQ: AAME ) which rose 132.01% to 5.545, BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR ) which was up 85.26% to settle at 3.520 and Ocugen, Inc (NASDAQ: OCGN ) which gained 59.08% to close at 5.1700.

The worst performers were ATA Inc (NASDAQ: AACG ) which was down 59.18% to 5.838 in late trade, Cassava Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: SAVA ) which lost 24.40% to settle at 47.95 and Davidstea Inc (NASDAQ: DTEA ) which was down 24.02% to 5.220 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2084 to 1022 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1883 rose and 1197 declined, while 68 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.58% to 20.99 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.15% or 20.65 to $1811.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.37% or 0.77 to hit $57.00 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.81% or 0.48 to trade at $59.48 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.69% to 1.2045, while USD/JPY fell 0.13% to 105.41.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.59% at 91.013.

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