U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.33%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.33%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Financials and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.33% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.15%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.27%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which rose 2.56% or 2.59 points to trade at 103.80 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 2.26% or 5.32 points to end at 240.88 and EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) was up 1.33% or 0.98 points to 74.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 1.11% or 0.58 points to trade at 51.52 in late trade. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) declined 1.13% or 1.24 points to end at 108.44 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.02% or 0.99 points to 96.34.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW ) which rose 7.02% to 89.61, Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO ) which was up 5.50% to settle at 58.17 and Under Armour Inc A (NYSE: UAA ) which gained 2.14% to close at 32.96.

The worst performers were Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) which was down 10.49% to 91.29 in late trade, Express Scripts Holding Co (NASDAQ: ESRX ) which lost 7.40% to settle at 70.24 and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC ) which was down 3.78% to 237.81 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG ) which rose 279.60% to 0.9490, Sunshine Heart Inc (NASDAQ: SSH ) which was up 171.43% to settle at 0.570 and Prism Technologies Group Inc (NASDAQ: PRZM ) which gained 150.00% to close at 0.5000.

The worst performers were Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: SHIP ) which was down 45.45% to 1.200 in late trade, Real Goods Solar Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE ) which lost 38.24% to settle at 0.2285 and Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IMNP ) which was down 35.29% to 0.1812 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1932 to 1246 and 60 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1714 rose and 804 declined, while 92 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.88% to 12.45.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.39% or 4.65 to $1172.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.15% or 1.07 to hit $50.84 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.72% or 0.91 to trade at $53.91 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 1.27% to 1.0618, while USD/JPY rose 0.18% to 113.97.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.81% at 101.09.

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