U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.03%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.03%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Technology and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.03%, while the S&P 500 index added 2.16%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 2.67%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 5.92% or 2.75 points to trade at 49.20 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 5.53% or 8.59 points to end at 163.81 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) was up 4.36% or 4.37 points to 104.62 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 0.65% or 2.30 points to trade at 352.26 in late trade. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) added 0.11% or 0.23 points to end at 215.10 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) gained 0.41% or 0.33 points to 80.95.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Albemarle Corp (NYSE: ALB ) which rose 13.56% to 106.10, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM ) which was up 12.69% to settle at 145.33 and Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which gained 11.09% to close at 3.35.

The worst performers were Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE: HBI ) which was down 17.62% to 13.48 in late trade, Biogen Inc (NASDAQ: BIIB ) which lost 7.28% to settle at 329.75 and Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY ) which was down 6.72% to 85.08 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Kayne Anderson Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: ALTM ) which rose 177.97% to 27.880, Oncternal Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONCT ) which was up 130.46% to settle at 3.48 and Hall of Fame Resort Entertainment Co (NASDAQ: HOFV ) which gained 88.42% to close at 3.58.

The worst performers were Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS ) which was down 21.08% to 4.47 in late trade, Amyris Inc (NASDAQ: AMRS ) which lost 17.87% to settle at 2.160 and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ: HMHC ) which was down 18.00% to 2.25 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2424 to 464 and 65 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2146 rose and 590 declined, while 54 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.05% to 27.78.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 2.92% or 55.45 to $1951.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 1.43% or 0.56 to hit $38.59 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.12% or 0.46 to trade at $40.77 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.92% to 1.1829, while USD/JPY fell 0.93% to 103.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.90% at 92.573.

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