U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Telecoms and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.70% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.64%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.91%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which rose 2.10% or 1.08 points to trade at 52.49 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 1.95% or 0.82 points to end at 42.96 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) was up 1.55% or 6.47 points to 424.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ), which lost 1.26% or 0.58 points to trade at 45.28 in late trade. DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) declined 0.52% or 0.29 points to end at 54.97 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 0.45% or 0.47 points to 105.00.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Intuit Inc (NASDAQ: INTU ) which rose 6.77% to 250.94, Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which was up 5.06% to settle at 26.79 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which gained 4.87% to close at 49.49.

The worst performers were Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC ) which was down 27.46% to 34.95 in late trade, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB ) which lost 7.36% to settle at 32.83 and JM Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM ) which was down 5.01% to 101.42 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Achieve Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ACHV ) which rose 84.36% to 3.3000, China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: CIFS ) which was up 39.13% to settle at 1.28 and Dmc Global Inc (NASDAQ: BOOM ) which gained 37.51% to close at 48.72.

The worst performers were Stampscom Inc (NASDAQ: STMP ) which was down 57.77% to 83.65 in late trade, Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: KPTI ) which lost 43.48% to settle at 5.07 and Trillium Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TRIL ) which was down 42.99% to 0.73 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2178 to 842 and 93 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1818 rose and 812 declined, while 92 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.39% to 13.51 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.21% or 2.85 to $1330.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.23% or 0.13 to hit $57.09 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.19% or 0.13 to trade at $66.94 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1343, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 110.69.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 96.405.

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