U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.25%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.25%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Financials , Telecoms and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.25%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.43%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 0.92% or 0.46 points to trade at 50.62 at the close. Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) added 0.84% or 0.66 points to end at 79.66 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) was up 0.83% or 0.43 points to 52.32 in late trade.

Biggest losers included McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ), which lost 0.42% or 0.52 points to trade at 123.25 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 0.17% or 0.12 points to end at 71.96 and Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) shed 0.14% or 0.10 points to 70.75.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance (NASDAQ: ULTA ) which rose 9.11% to 233.15, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE ) which was up 5.00% to settle at 18.26 and Viacom B Inc (NASDAQ: VIAB ) which gained 4.02% to close at 44.24.

The worst performers were CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which was down 4.35% to 27.70 in late trade, Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO ) which lost 2.05% to settle at 12.90 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which was down 1.85% to 11.14 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SunOpta Inc (NASDAQ: STKL ) which rose 26.70% to 4.84, pSivida Corp (NASDAQ: PSDV ) which was up 24.19% to settle at 3.850 and Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (NASDAQ: OSN ) which gained 18.57% to close at 0.8300.

The worst performers were Hercules Offshore Inc (NASDAQ: HERO ) which was down 47.42% to 1.0200 in late trade, Delta Technology Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: DELT ) which lost 28.49% to settle at 0.5220 and China Recycling Energy Corp (NASDAQ: CREG ) which was down 18.90% to 2.0000 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2138 to 1171 and 31 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1725 rose and 829 declined, while 72 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.53% to 13.09 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was down 0.75% or 9.15 to $1211.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.08% or 0.04 to hit $49.52 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.30% or 0.15 to trade at $49.44 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.72% to 1.1113, while USD/JPY rose 0.52% to 110.34.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.62% at 95.73.

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