U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.14%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.14%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.14%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.81%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 2.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which rose 7.38% or 3.05 points to trade at 44.40 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) added 6.41% or 5.05 points to end at 83.81 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 3.58% or 5.64 points to 163.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 6.05% or 3.75 points to trade at 58.24 in late trade. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) declined 4.14% or 4.90 points to end at 113.54 and General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) shed 2.49% or 0.53 points to 20.79.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which rose 16.24% to 235.94, Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN ) which was up 13.22% to settle at 1100.95 and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG ) which gained 8.52% to close at 26.75.

The worst performers were Expedia Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE ) which was down 15.99% to 123.79 in late trade, Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT ) which lost 8.91% to settle at 14.00 and Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN ) which was down 8.43% to 65.31 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were The Bon-Ton Stores Inc (NASDAQ: BONT ) which rose 32.91% to 0.970, Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT ) which was up 30.94% to settle at 3.64 and Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO ) which gained 26.11% to close at 11.980.

The worst performers were TDH Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PETZ ) which was down 44.05% to 15.70 in late trade, PhaseRx Inc (NASDAQ: PZRX ) which lost 35.35% to settle at 0.63 and Electronics for Imaging Inc (NASDAQ: EFII ) which was down 29.39% to 29.75 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1920 to 1165 and 131 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1567 rose and 961 declined, while 128 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 13.01% to 9.83.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.42% or 5.35 to $1274.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 2.55% or 1.34 to hit $53.98 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.87% or 1.11 to trade at $60.41 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.40% to 1.1605, while USD/JPY fell 0.26% to 113.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 94.75.

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