U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.66%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.66%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.66% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.74%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.88%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 3.24% or 4.32 points to trade at 137.81 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) added 2.47% or 5.67 points to end at 235.48 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) was up 1.85% or 0.97 points to 53.41 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 0.96% or 0.57 points to trade at 58.72 in late trade. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) declined 0.95% or 1.39 points to end at 145.39 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) shed 0.71% or 1.55 points to 216.50.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ) which rose 8.48% to 20.09, Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC ) which was up 8.11% to settle at 70.48 and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG ) which gained 8.09% to close at 83.21.

The worst performers were Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ: MNST ) which was down 3.95% to 91.27 in late trade, Jack Henry & Associates Inc (NASDAQ: JKHY ) which lost 1.44% to settle at 156.19 and Mettler-Toledo International Inc (NYSE: MTD ) which was down 1.37% to 1280.79 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Yield10 Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: YTEN ) which rose 24.94% to 10.72, Orgenesis Inc (NASDAQ: ORGS ) which was up 23.52% to settle at 5.62 and Moneygram Int (NASDAQ: MGI ) which gained 22.63% to close at 8.020.

The worst performers were ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ: CCXI ) which was down 62.13% to 10.41 in late trade, Orphazyme (NASDAQ: ORPH ) which lost 32.71% to settle at 5.76 and SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which was down 22.41% to 7.930 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2366 to 816 and 101 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2197 rose and 1127 declined, while 128 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.24% to 16.69.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.89% or 16.15 to $1831.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.29% or 0.19 to hit $64.90 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.23% or 0.16 to trade at $68.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.85% to 1.2166, while USD/JPY fell 0.45% to 108.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.80% at 90.205.

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