U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.19%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.19%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.19%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.33%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 5.25% or 2.80 points to trade at 56.16 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) added 1.56% or 0.76 points to end at 49.55 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) was up 1.41% or 2.12 points to 152.69 in late trade.

Biggest losers included General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which lost 1.76% or 0.23 points to trade at 12.83 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 1.12% or 3.64 points to end at 322.48 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) shed 1.11% or 1.94 points to 172.51.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK ) which rose 11.58% to 24.29, Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON ) which was up 6.19% to settle at 125.15 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) which gained 5.25% to close at 56.16.

The worst performers were Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW ) which was down 3.40% to 85.24 in late trade, CarMax Inc (NYSE: KMX ) which lost 2.54% to settle at 58.77 and Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS ) which was down 2.50% to 30.07 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS ) which rose 81.57% to 210.46, Turtle Beach Corp (NASDAQ: HEAR ) which was up 28.52% to settle at 3.290 and RadiSys Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS ) which gained 25.00% to close at 0.690.

The worst performers were Menlo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MNLO ) which was down 76.80% to 8.17 in late trade, InVivo Therapeutics Holdings (NASDAQ: NVIV ) which lost 30.27% to settle at 0.35 and China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: CIFS ) which was down 27.88% to 21.06 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1557 to 1475 and 161 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1258 rose and 1221 declined, while 165 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.95% to 21.91.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.31% or 4.10 to $1340.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 2.06% or 1.28 to hit $63.34 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 2.26% or 1.52 to trade at $68.63 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.33% to 1.2321, while USD/JPY fell 0.22% to 106.71.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.31% at 89.54.

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