U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.43%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.43%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Financials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.43%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.15%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.82%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 8.37% or 6.29 points to trade at 81.40 at the close. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) added 4.04% or 6.84 points to end at 176.01 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 3.83% or 6.41 points to 173.94 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 1.67% or 2.33 points to trade at 137.05 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 0.64% or 1.03 points to end at 160.47 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 0.53% or 0.25 points to 46.80.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which rose 9.53% to 61.14, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which was up 9.19% to settle at 36.96 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) which gained 8.37% to close at 81.40.

The worst performers were Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN ) which was down 5.68% to 570.79 in late trade, Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which lost 3.19% to settle at 39.14 and Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which was down 2.66% to 394.84 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Biomerica Inc (NASDAQ: BMRA ) which rose 38.00% to 6.210, Atea Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AVIR ) which was up 19.51% to settle at 41.90 and Vicinity Motor Corp (NASDAQ: VEV ) which gained 19.43% to close at 5.90.

The worst performers were Omeros Corporation (NASDAQ: OMER ) which was down 38.07% to 8.54 in late trade, Adagio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ADGI ) which lost 33.71% to settle at 28.00 and Neurobo Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: NRBO ) which was down 32.80% to 2.500 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2302 to 916 and 108 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2250 rose and 1335 declined, while 156 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 8.60% to 21.15.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.17% or 2.90 to $1759.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.92% or 0.69 to hit $75.72 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.06% or 0.83 to trade at $79.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.13% to 1.1596, while USD/JPY fell 0.22% to 111.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 94.055.

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