U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.54%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.54%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Consumer Goods and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.54%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.65%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.84%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ), which rose 1.35% or 1.19 points to trade at 88.98 at the close. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) added 1.10% or 1.02 points to end at 93.41 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) was up 1.00% or 1.02 points to 102.98 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ), which lost 0.44% or 0.15 points to trade at 34.13 in late trade. EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) declined 0.22% or 0.15 points to end at 66.85 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) 0.00% or 0.00 points to 83.47.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY ) which rose 5.74% to 32.08, Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which was up 5.58% to settle at 9.65 and Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR ) which gained 4.82% to close at 4.33.

The worst performers were Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which was down 2.38% to 14.33 in late trade, Level 3 Communications Inc (NYSE: LVLT ) which lost 2.09% to settle at 47.40 and Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS ) which was down 1.87% to 43.51 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ: HTCH ) which rose 166.44% to 3.970, SAExploration Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SAEX ) which was up 36.81% to settle at 9.440 and Anavex Life Sciences Corp (NASDAQ: AVXL ) which gained 25.67% to close at 3.280.

The worst performers were Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN ) which was down 13.16% to 2.9700 in late trade, Leading Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LBIX ) which lost 12.72% to settle at 1.990 and Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NWBO ) which was down 12.37% to 0.552 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2587 to 604 and 61 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1797 rose and 697 declined, while 126 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.40% to 12.05.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.71% or 9.45 to $1340.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.72% or 0.78 to hit $46.12 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.49% or 0.70 to trade at $47.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.13% to 1.1205, while USD/JPY rose 0.48% to 100.79.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.13% at 95.34.

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