U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.71%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.71%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Financials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.71%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.68%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 1.96% or 2.56 points to trade at 133.27 at the close. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) added 1.95% or 2.97 points to end at 155.20 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 1.76% or 6.95 points to 401.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 4.40% or 3.39 points to trade at 73.70 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 2.13% or 4.94 points to end at 227.36 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) shed 1.06% or 2.52 points to 234.36.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE: ADS ) which rose 10.12% to 118.75, DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH ) which was up 8.34% to settle at 45.06 and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB ) which gained 7.28% to close at 329.46.

The worst performers were eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY ) which was down 10.03% to 56.07 in late trade, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F ) which lost 9.45% to settle at 11.26 and Hologic Inc (NASDAQ: HOLX ) which was down 8.49% to 66.25 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ: PIXY ) which rose 32.27% to 3.32, Ocular Therapeutix Inc (NASDAQ: OCUL ) which was up 22.81% to settle at 19.17 and Galera Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: GRTX ) which gained 22.69% to close at 8.11.

The worst performers were Adverum Biotechnologies Inc (NASDAQ: ADVM ) which was down 62.40% to 3.82 in late trade, Farmmi Inc (NASDAQ: FAMI ) which lost 54.99% to settle at 0.3560 and Cara Therapeutic (NASDAQ: CARA ) which was down 45.52% to 14.05 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1563 to 1438 and 94 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1815 fell and 1370 advanced, while 103 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.91% to 17.61.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.05% or 0.85 to $1773.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 1.72% or 1.10 to hit $64.96 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.83% or 1.22 to trade at $68.00 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.2124, while USD/JPY rose 0.27% to 108.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 90.608.

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