The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 3.65% or 2.20 points to trade at 62.53 at the close. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) added 3.25% or 2.75 points to end at 87.45 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) was up 2.24% or 3.74 points to 170.55 in late trade.
Biggest losers included General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which lost 2.18% or 0.68 points to trade at 30.53 in late trade. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) declined 0.65% or 0.44 points to end at 67.18 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) shed 0.64% or 0.49 points to 76.20.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS ) which rose 13.01% to 88.67, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which was up 6.05% to settle at 34.20 and Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO ) which gained 4.65% to close at 61.02.
The worst performers were Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY ) which was down 11.28% to 49.23 in late trade, Transdigm Group Incorporated (NYSE: TDG ) which lost 9.87% to settle at 226.90 and Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was down 4.34% to 12.34 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS ) which rose 31.79% to 9.7000, Transgenomi (NASDAQ: TBIO ) which was up 30.30% to settle at 0.8600 and Cartesian I (NASDAQ: CRTN ) which gained 33.64% to close at 1.430.
The worst performers were Naked Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ: NAKD ) which was down 20.80% to 1.679 in late trade, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PSTI ) which lost 17.86% to settle at 1.1500 and Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD ) which was down 16.28% to 1.800 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2067 to 1128 and 45 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1507 rose and 991 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 9.47% to 11.57.
In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.51% or 6.10 to $1207.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 2.05% or 1.07 to hit $53.19 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 2.36% or 1.28 to trade at $55.44 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.28% to 1.0695, while USD/JPY fell 0.27% to 114.55.
The US Dollar Index was down 0.29% at 100.81.
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