U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.32%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.32%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.32%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.39%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.41%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ), which rose 1.74% or 2.25 points to trade at 131.29 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 1.47% or 2.22 points to end at 153.73 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) was up 1.49% or 0.53 points to 36.46 in late trade.

Biggest losers included International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ), which lost 1.47% or 2.33 points to trade at 155.99 in late trade. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) declined 1.14% or 0.58 points to end at 50.73 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) shed 0.71% or 1.60 points to 224.92.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Express Scripts Holding Co (NASDAQ: ESRX ) which rose 7.87% to 79.20, Akamai Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AKAM ) which was up 6.72% to settle at 74.69 and Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) which gained 6.49% to close at 179.34.

The worst performers were Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which was down 11.84% to 23.12 in late trade, Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI ) which lost 11.31% to settle at 172.28 and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was down 5.59% to 41.51 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Jaguar Health Inc (NASDAQ: JAGX ) which rose 117.71% to 0.305, Immuron Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: IMRN ) which was up 65.55% to settle at 14.27 and InVivo Therapeutics Holdings (NASDAQ: NVIV ) which gained 60.17% to close at 0.84.

The worst performers were Vascular Biogenics Ltd (NASDAQ: VBLT ) which was down 61.10% to 2.645 in late trade, FTD Companies Inc (NASDAQ: FTD ) which lost 34.74% to settle at 4.41 and Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS ) which was down 26.59% to 0.918 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1730 to 1380 and 47 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1374 rose and 1127 declined, while 102 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.80% to 16.73.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.42% or 5.60 to $1322.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.42% or 0.87 to hit $60.28 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.78% or 0.50 to trade at $63.84 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.88% to 1.2302, while USD/JPY rose 0.12% to 106.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.67% at 90.16.

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