U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.68%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.68%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Utilities and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.68% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 1.01%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.04%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ), which rose 2.00% or 4.88 points to trade at 249.02 at the close. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) added 1.89% or 6.16 points to end at 332.82 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) was up 1.76% or 4.21 points to 242.88 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which lost 5.29% or 2.96 points to trade at 53.00 in late trade. Honeywell International Inc (NASDAQ: HON ) declined 1.51% or 3.52 points to end at 229.22 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) shed 0.63% or 0.38 points to 60.10.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Robert Half International Inc (NYSE: RHI ) which rose 7.41% to 92.91, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB ) which was up 5.26% to settle at 369.65 and DR Horton Inc (NYSE: DHI ) which gained 4.42% to close at 93.60.

The worst performers were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) which was down 5.29% to 53.00 in late trade, VeriSign Inc (NASDAQ: VRSN ) which lost 4.74% to settle at 222.47 and TechnipFMC PLC (NYSE: FTI ) which was down 4.14% to 6.940 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were NanoVibronix Inc (NASDAQ: NAOV ) which rose 245.47% to 2.5900, Big Rock Partners Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: NRXP ) which was up 59.51% to settle at 26.24 and Socket Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: SCKT ) which gained 43.28% to close at 8.310.

The worst performers were Sentage Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SNTG ) which was down 44.11% to 6.46 in late trade, RISE Education Cayman Ltd (NASDAQ: REDU ) which lost 40.53% to settle at 1.350 and 17 Education Technology Group Inc (NASDAQ: YQ ) which was down 38.70% to 1.410 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1928 to 1243 and 111 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1829 fell and 1616 advanced, while 130 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.77% to 17.20.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.20% or 3.60 to $1801.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.24% or 0.17 to hit $72.08 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.47% or 0.35 to trade at $74.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1775, while USD/JPY rose 0.37% to 110.55.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 92.888.

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