U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.61%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.61%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Technology and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.61%, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.99%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 2.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 4.65% or 5.67 points to trade at 127.73 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 4.38% or 4.74 points to end at 112.94 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 3.15% or 9.24 points to 302.81 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 1.54% or 1.44 points to trade at 92.31 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 0.49% or 0.25 points to end at 50.99 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) shed 0.09% or 0.16 points to 179.46.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR ) which rose 21.87% to 162.80, DXC Technology Co (NYSE: DXC ) which was up 15.99% to settle at 34.16 and Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG ) which gained 13.71% to close at 222.13.

The worst performers were Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC ) which was down 6.10% to 37.07 in late trade, Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT ) which lost 5.78% to settle at 99.44 and Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC ) which was down 4.01% to 81.89 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Creatd Inc (NASDAQ: CRTD ) which rose 58.46% to 1.28, Apyx Medical Inc (NASDAQ: APYX ) which was up 51.89% to settle at 5.62 and Scisparc Ltd (NASDAQ: SPRC ) which gained 41.10% to close at 3.33.

The worst performers were Avadel Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: AVDL ) which was down 68.34% to 1.07 in late trade, NRX Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: NRXP ) which lost 58.19% to settle at 0.58 and OTR Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: CMRA ) which was down 36.64% to 3.39 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2646 to 559 and 111 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2849 rose and 986 declined, while 217 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.07% to 27.50.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.18% or 3.27 to $1,849.57 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 3.35% or 3.70 to hit $114.03 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 2.78% or 3.09 to trade at $114.21 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.46% to 1.07, while USD/JPY fell 0.20% to 127.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 101.79.

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