U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Technology and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.23% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.12%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which rose 2.02% or 1.11 points to trade at 56.08 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 1.97% or 2.73 points to end at 141.41 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) was up 1.36% or 0.68 points to 50.79 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which lost 1.44% or 1.66 points to trade at 113.59 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) declined 1.25% or 2.41 points to end at 189.98 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) shed 0.94% or 2.51 points to 264.60.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR ) which rose 8.52% to 123.15, General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) which was up 6.39% to settle at 10.82 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which gained 3.78% to close at 51.36.

The worst performers were H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was down 3.31% to 24.25 in late trade, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which lost 3.22% to settle at 53.17 and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH ) which was down 2.65% to 31.95 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONCE ) which rose 120.09% to 113.48, China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: CIFS ) which was up 118.75% to settle at 2.80 and Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CMTA ) which gained 74.66% to close at 26.06.

The worst performers were Windstream Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WIN ) which was down 46.89% to 0.45 in late trade, Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ: SKYS ) which lost 38.66% to settle at 0.730 and Fronteo Inc (NASDAQ: FTEO ) which was down 26.67% to 8.35 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1520 to 1489 and 102 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1332 fell and 1298 advanced, while 95 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.40% to 14.85.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.23% or 3.10 to $1329.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 3.21% or 1.84 to hit $55.42 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $64.94 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.1370, while USD/JPY fell 0.02% to 111.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 96.305.

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