U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.85%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.85%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Financials , Industrials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.85%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.76%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.92%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which rose 5.92% or 4.47 points to trade at 80.02 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 2.11% or 1.96 points to end at 94.66 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) was up 1.85% or 3.97 points to 218.06 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which lost 1.26% or 1.52 points to trade at 118.88 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 1.08% or 0.53 points to end at 48.41 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) shed 0.32% or 0.14 points to 43.09.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS ) which rose 8.30% to 260.62, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX ) which was up 6.03% to settle at 104.03 and Navient Cor (NASDAQ: NAVI ) which gained 5.96% to close at 16.01.

The worst performers were United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI ) which was down 5.20% to 113.24 in late trade, Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR ) which lost 4.11% to settle at 82.89 and eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY ) which was down 3.91% to 32.53 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IMNP ) which rose 49.59% to 3.6500, Select Comfort Corporation (NASDAQ: SCSS ) which was up 28.26% to settle at 33.18 and Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY ) which gained 20.51% to close at 3.266.

The worst performers were Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA (NASDAQ: ASPS ) which was down 42.02% to 25.44 in late trade, Argos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ARGS ) which lost 19.99% to settle at 0.48 and Aldeyra The (NASDAQ: ALDX ) which was down 16.35% to 4.35 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2209 to 999 and 40 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1818 rose and 715 declined, while 82 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.16% to 14.16.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.03% or 0.40 to $1283.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.43% or 0.22 to hit $50.63 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $52.92 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.0717, while USD/JPY rose 0.40% to 109.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 99.70.

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