U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Financials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.70% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.52%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.52%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 2.27% or 2.19 points to trade at 98.50 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 1.46% or 3.55 points to end at 246.27 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) was up 1.46% or 0.46 points to 31.97 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 0.88% or 0.43 points to trade at 48.55 in late trade. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) declined 0.37% or 0.25 points to end at 67.77 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) shed 0.23% or 0.13 points to 56.09.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT ) which rose 5.90% to 35.71, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN ) which was up 4.39% to settle at 375.66 and Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE ) which gained 4.26% to close at 63.59.

The worst performers were NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA ) which was down 4.61% to 108.38 in late trade, Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI ) which lost 3.24% to settle at 45.70 and Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS ) which was down 3.00% to 23.63 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were My Size Inc (NASDAQ: MYSZ ) which rose 184.94% to 10.97, Sino-Global Shipping America Ltd (NASDAQ: SINO ) which was up 72.79% to settle at 4.7000 and Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN ) which gained 41.67% to close at 1.700.

The worst performers were Tellurian Inc (NASDAQ: TELL ) which was down 17.25% to 11.6100 in late trade, Signal Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: SGNL ) which lost 15.17% to settle at 12.3000 and Celsion Corp (NASDAQ: CLSN ) which was down 13.70% to 0.388 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1880 to 1341 and 43 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1398 rose and 1087 declined, while 132 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.03% to 11.07.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.73% or 9.05 to $1226.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.78% or 0.96 to hit $52.90 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 1.96% or 1.11 to trade at $55.59 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.39% to 1.0598, while USD/JPY rose 0.47% to 113.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 100.99.

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