U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.02%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.02%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Telecoms and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.02% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.11%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.19%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 1.24% or 3.10 points to trade at 253.78 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 0.89% or 1.12 points to end at 127.56 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 0.66% or 1.31 points to 199.64 in late trade.

Biggest losers included McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ), which lost 1.43% or 2.42 points to trade at 166.49 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 1.13% or 1.40 points to end at 122.66 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) shed 1.01% or 0.37 points to 36.30.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE ) which rose 15.54% to 117.19, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) which was up 7.42% to settle at 34.32 and Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA ) which gained 5.59% to close at 44.60.

The worst performers were Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK ) which was down 5.12% to 169.78 in late trade, Cooper Companies Inc (NYSE: COO ) which lost 4.41% to settle at 221.97 and Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE: PCG ) which was down 4.08% to 39.76 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Nano Dimension Ltd (NASDAQ: NNDM ) which rose 100.00% to 2.68, Apricus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: APRI ) which was up 58.30% to settle at 0.427 and Correvio Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: CORV ) which gained 44.23% to close at 3.000.

The worst performers were Vical Inc (NASDAQ: VICL ) which was down 26.05% to 1.2054 in late trade, Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ: ALT ) which lost 14.92% to settle at 0.560 and Innovate Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: INNT ) which was down 13.16% to 10.29 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1693 to 1349 and 142 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1352 rose and 1208 declined, while 116 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.38% to 12.47.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.13% or 1.70 to $1304.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.49% or 0.32 to hit $66.06 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.09 to trade at $76.37 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.14% to 1.1786, while USD/JPY rose 0.46% to 110.05.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 93.57.

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