U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.93%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.93%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Financials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.93% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.82%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which rose 2.58% or 1.32 points to trade at 52.45 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 2.30% or 8.21 points to end at 365.83 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) was up 2.21% or 3.21 points to 148.43 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 0.30% or 0.72 points to trade at 237.16 in late trade. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) declined 0.08% or 0.19 points to end at 234.85 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 0.02% or 0.01 points to 54.46.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM ) which rose 7.59% to 41.67, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K ) which was up 7.07% to settle at 67.53 and Lumen Technologies Inc (NYSE: LUMN ) which gained 5.17% to close at 13.43.

The worst performers were Albemarle Corp (NYSE: ALB ) which was down 8.56% to 152.85 in late trade, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp Class A (NASDAQ: CTSH ) which lost 7.78% to settle at 75.12 and Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE: CAH ) which was down 6.95% to 56.60 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which rose 84.91% to 10.170, Liquidity Services Inc (NASDAQ: LQDT ) which was up 38.01% to settle at 25.89 and Stealth BioTherapeutics Corp (NASDAQ: MITO ) which gained 35.00% to close at 1.62.

The worst performers were Purecycle Technologies Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: PCT ) which was down 39.61% to 14.85 in late trade, Yellow Corp (NASDAQ: YELL ) which lost 32.11% to settle at 6.490 and Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment  (NASDAQ: BHAT ) which was down 28.42% to 0.802 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1751 to 1436 and 103 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2015 fell and 1303 advanced, while 117 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.97% to 18.39.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 1.72% or 30.65 to $1814.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 1.19% or 0.78 to hit $64.85 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 1.07% or 0.74 to trade at $68.22 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.46% to 1.2061, while USD/JPY fell 0.08% to 109.09.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.43% at 90.903.

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