U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Basic Materials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.44%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.42%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which rose 1.42% or 2.09 points to trade at 148.91 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 1.33% or 1.35 points to end at 102.53 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) was up 1.20% or 0.74 points to 62.61 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 1.79% or 1.40 points to trade at 76.93 in late trade. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ) declined 0.75% or 1.82 points to end at 242.43 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) shed 0.42% or 0.75 points to 178.35.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which rose 9.01% to 677.91, Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ: XLNX ) which was up 6.33% to settle at 147.31 and Yum! Brands Inc (NYSE: YUM ) which gained 6.31% to close at 130.35.

The worst performers were Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS ) which was down 13.61% to 98.95 in late trade, PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL ) which lost 6.26% to settle at 283.08 and Equinix Inc (NASDAQ: EQIX ) which was down 6.00% to 786.14 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Xenetic Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: XBIO ) which rose 64.80% to 5.290, Intec Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: NTEC ) which was up 48.52% to settle at 13.590 and NanoVibronix Inc (NASDAQ: NAOV ) which gained 26.18% to close at 2.4100.

The worst performers were Atreca Inc (NASDAQ: BCEL ) which was down 40.32% to 4.900 in late trade, Forward Pharma A S (NASDAQ: FWP ) which lost 30.50% to settle at 9.960 and Cassava Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: SAVA ) which was down 23.89% to 102.98 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2192 to 966 and 128 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1826 rose and 1629 declined, while 175 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.33% to 17.70.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.57% or 28.20 to $1827.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 1.53% or 1.11 to hit $73.50 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 1.50% or 1.11 to trade at $74.98 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.38% to 1.1887, while USD/JPY fell 0.39% to 109.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 91.907.

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