U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.58%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.58%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.58% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.04%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 2.52%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 2.71% or 6.66 points to trade at 252.00 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 2.62% or 3.60 points to end at 141.19 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) was up 2.03% or 4.71 points to 237.13 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 2.75% or 1.57 points to trade at 55.51 in late trade. Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO ) declined 1.09% or 0.56 points to end at 50.88 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) shed 0.82% or 1.74 points to 211.57.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which rose 8.73% to 37.47, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which was up 6.78% to settle at 55.31 and Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which gained 6.29% to close at 544.00.

The worst performers were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) which was down 7.40% to 12.27 in late trade, Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL ) which lost 6.53% to settle at 67.41 and Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE ) which was down 3.33% to 45.29 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Entera Bio Ltd (NASDAQ: ENTX ) which rose 152.50% to 4.040, Nova Lifestyle I (NASDAQ: NVFY ) which was up 87.08% to settle at 4.490 and ENGlobal Corporation (NASDAQ: ENG ) which gained 43.81% to close at 6.5000.

The worst performers were Enveric Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: ENVB ) which was down 23.35% to 3.480 in late trade, AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AVEO ) which lost 22.32% to settle at 11.8700 and Celsius Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CELH ) which was down 21.77% to 47.37 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2058 to 772 and 66 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2646 rose and 686 declined, while 70 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.88% to 21.91.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.02% or 0.40 to $1721.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.05% or 0.03 to hit $65.94 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 2.39% or 1.62 to trade at $69.52 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1986, while USD/JPY rose 0.06% to 108.55.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.45% at 91.415.

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