U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.36%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.36%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Technology and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.36% to hit a new 52-week high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.41%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 3.00% or 7.12 points to trade at 244.45 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 1.82% or 6.27 points to end at 350.89 and Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) was up 1.33% or 1.90 points to 144.32 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Honeywell International Inc (NASDAQ: HON ), which lost 1.61% or 3.18 points to trade at 194.61 in late trade. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) declined 1.08% or 1.64 points to end at 150.82 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 1.05% or 0.41 points to 38.24.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Paramount Global Class B (NASDAQ: PARA ) which rose 12.11% to 16.85, Warner Bros Discovery Inc (NASDAQ: WBD ) which was up 6.01% to settle at 11.47 and Lululemon Athletica Inc (NASDAQ: LULU ) which gained 5.37% to close at 489.64.

The worst performers were Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ: ENPH ) which was down 3.88% to 103.01 in late trade, Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG ) which lost 3.86% to settle at 127.19 and Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which was down 3.58% to 112.94 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Intensity Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INTS ) which rose 63.81% to 6.88, Conduit Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CDT ) which was up 45.48% to settle at 5.15 and Assure Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: IONM ) which gained 34.43% to close at 0.35.

The worst performers were Cyngn Inc (NASDAQ: CYN ) which was down 47.00% to 0.21 in late trade, Golden Heaven Group Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: GDHG ) which lost 41.38% to settle at 1.36 and Bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ: BLUE ) which was down 40.54% to 2.86 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1644 to 1241 and 89 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1959 rose and 1503 declined, while 119 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.44% to 12.35 a new 3-year low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 1.30% or 26.55 to $2,019.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.83% or 1.96 to hit $71.30 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.54% or 1.88 to trade at $75.93 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.26% to 1.08, while USD/JPY rose 0.59% to 144.98.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.44% at 103.96.

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