U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.88%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.88%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.88% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.70%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.83%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 4.10% or 12.17 points to trade at 308.84 at the close. Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) added 2.39% or 2.78 points to end at 118.86 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 1.91% or 4.28 points to 228.73 in late trade.

Biggest losers included JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ), which lost 0.64% or 0.70 points to trade at 108.34 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 0.54% or 0.61 points to end at 111.62 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) shed 0.51% or 1.31 points to 255.52.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Western Union Company (NYSE: WU ) which rose 5.91% to 20.60, Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ: XLNX ) which was up 5.19% to settle at 74.15 and Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA ) which gained 4.85% to close at 112.39.

The worst performers were Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC ) which was down 3.68% to 16.76 in late trade, Johnson Controls International PLC (NYSE: JCI ) which lost 3.59% to settle at 38.42 and Scana Corporation (NYSE: SCG ) which was down 2.83% to 45.02 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cytori Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CYTX ) which rose 73.75% to 0.4700, Tigenix NV (NASDAQ: TIG ) which was up 72.00% to settle at 40.73 and My Size Inc (NASDAQ: MYSZ ) which gained 68.15% to close at 1.66.

The worst performers were Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OHRP ) which was down 81.34% to 0.377 in late trade, Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNET ) which lost 38.97% to settle at 5.7000 and Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALA ) which was down 29.28% to 12.26 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1836 to 1255 and 126 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1445 rose and 1081 declined, while 120 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.33% to 9.19.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.02% or 0.20 to $1321.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.69% or 0.43 to hit $61.58 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.50% or 0.34 to trade at $67.73 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.25% to 1.2037, while USD/JPY rose 0.29% to 113.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 91.72.

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