U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.39%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.39%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Utilities , Oil & Gas and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.39%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.42%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.43%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ), which rose 0.96% or 1.25 points to trade at 131.15 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 0.94% or 1.00 points to end at 107.73 and Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) was up 0.85% or 0.69 points to 81.99 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 0.89% or 0.52 points to trade at 58.02 in late trade. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) declined 0.48% or 0.35 points to end at 72.49 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.11% or 0.10 points to 88.21.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were VeriSign Inc (NASDAQ: VRSN ) which rose 5.63% to 79.02, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was up 5.60% to settle at 6.600 and Anadarko Petroleum Corp (NYSE: APC ) which gained 5.51% to close at 56.49.

The worst performers were Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL ) which was down 4.77% to 46.38 in late trade, Mylan Inc (NASDAQ: MYL ) which lost 4.65% to settle at 39.97 and Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK ) which was down 4.23% to 72.39 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Siebert Financial Corp (NASDAQ: SIEB ) which rose 31.03% to 1.520, Nova Lifestyle I (NASDAQ: NVFY ) which was up 25.00% to settle at 1.250 and Impinj Inc (NASDAQ: PI ) which gained 18.50% to close at 32.67.

The worst performers were Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: DVAX ) which was down 31.56% to 10.91 in late trade, ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ: CCXI ) which lost 20.23% to settle at 4.220 and Xtera Communications Inc (NASDAQ: XCOM ) which was down 19.76% to 0.682 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2503 to 661 and 69 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1665 rose and 833 declined, while 127 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 11.35% to 11.95.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.91% or 11.95 to $1329.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 2.62% or 1.13 to hit $44.29 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 2.71% or 1.23 to trade at $46.68 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.37% to 1.1156, while USD/JPY rose 0.71% to 103.95.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.21% at 95.86.

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