U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.14%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.14%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.14%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.86%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ), which rose 2.38% or 4.44 points to trade at 190.70 at the close. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) added 2.15% or 2.39 points to end at 113.78 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) was up 2.14% or 1.93 points to 92.02 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 0.65% or 1.02 points to trade at 156.15 in late trade. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) declined 0.24% or 0.25 points to end at 105.76 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) gained 0.44% or 0.30 points to 68.94.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MU ) which rose 3.37% to 31.93, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) which was up 3.33% to settle at 135.20 and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT ) which gained 3.25% to close at 259.79.

The worst performers were Discovery Communications C Inc (NASDAQ: DISCK ) which was down 3.46% to 22.90 in late trade, Discovery Inc Class A (NASDAQ: DISCA ) which lost 3.01% to settle at 24.78 and Newell Brands Inc (NASDAQ: NWL ) which was down 2.70% to 18.40 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were BioXcel Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BTAI ) which rose 80.91% to 4.36, Energous Co (NASDAQ: WATT ) which was up 53.71% to settle at 7.04 and Avadel Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: AVDL ) which gained 40.80% to close at 2.45.

The worst performers were Estre USA Inc Class A (NASDAQ: ESTR ) which was down 41.62% to 1.08 in late trade, Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition Inc Class A (NASDAQ: RBZ ) which lost 39.60% to settle at 1.80 and Sypris Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SYPR ) which was down 27.45% to 0.7052 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1678 to 1385 and 89 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1343 fell and 1293 advanced, while 79 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.48% to 29.96.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.61% or 7.70 to $1277.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 2.08% or 0.97 to hit $45.64 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 2.62% or 1.45 to trade at $53.84 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.75% to 1.1438, while USD/JPY fell 0.28% to 111.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.53% at 96.070.

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