U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.89%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.89%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Industrials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.89% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.77%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Honeywell International Inc (NYSE: HON ), which rose 3.24% or 7.13 points to trade at 226.99 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 3.12% or 11.40 points to end at 376.29 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) was up 3.00% or 6.73 points to 231.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which lost 1.13% or 0.62 points to trade at 54.17 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 1.12% or 1.82 points to end at 161.15 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) shed 1.05% or 2.68 points to 252.27.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ) which rose 5.63% to 110.44, Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG ) which was up 3.65% to settle at 42.07 and Tapestry Inc (NYSE: TPR ) which gained 3.64% to close at 44.95.

The worst performers were Helmerich and Payne Inc (NYSE: HP ) which was down 4.09% to 25.80 in late trade, Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ) which lost 3.33% to settle at 18.60 and Molson Coors Brewing Co Class B (NYSE: TAP ) which was down 3.06% to 50.00 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Celcuity LLC (NASDAQ: CELC ) which rose 51.15% to 21.63, Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD ) which was up 23.32% to settle at 9.73 and NCS Multistage Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: NCSM ) which gained 19.68% to close at 29.550.

The worst performers were Novo Integrated Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: NVOS ) which was down 24.38% to 2.730 in late trade, Franklin Wireless Corp (NASDAQ: FKWL ) which lost 23.54% to settle at 13.2 and Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: ITRM ) which was down 19.25% to 1.30 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1645 to 1415 and 108 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1834 fell and 1354 advanced, while 104 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.53% to 16.69 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.83% or 14.60 to $1743.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.40% or 0.24 to hit $59.36 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.24% or 0.15 to trade at $63.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.06% to 1.1905, while USD/JPY rose 0.38% to 109.66.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 92.160.

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