U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.00%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.00%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.00%, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.30%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 2.19%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which rose 5.84% or 1.60 points to trade at 29.00 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) added 4.08% or 6.16 points to end at 157.24 and Salesforce Inc (NYSE: CRM ) was up 2.63% or 5.53 points to 215.44 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 1.10% or 1.23 points to trade at 111.07 in late trade. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) declined 0.79% or 1.38 points to end at 172.29 and Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) shed 0.31% or 0.48 points to 154.08.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS ) which rose 12.40% to 8.34, Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO ) which was up 11.52% to settle at 812.73 and Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET ) which gained 9.06% to close at 170.34.

The worst performers were Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ: ULTA ) which was down 13.37% to 420.27 in late trade, Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which lost 3.25% to settle at 47.31 and Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES ) which was down 3.06% to 68.69 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Verastem Inc (NASDAQ: VSTM ) which rose 125.55% to 1.01, Elevation Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: ELEV ) which was up 66.78% to settle at 5.02 and Presto Automation Inc (NASDAQ: PRST ) which gained 63.93% to close at 3.59.

The worst performers were Canaan Inc (NASDAQ: CAN ) which was down 26.74% to 1.89 in late trade, mCloud Technologies Corp (NASDAQ: MCLD ) which lost 24.27% to settle at 0.54 and ROC Energy Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: ROC ) which was down 22.73% to 8.16 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2045 to 935 and 105 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2247 rose and 1314 declined, while 185 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.22% to 17.95.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.16% or 3.05 to $1,946.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.35% or 0.97 to hit $72.80 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.04% or 0.79 to trade at $77.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.01% to 1.07, while USD/JPY rose 0.38% to 140.59.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 104.13.

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