U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.21%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.21%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Technology and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.21%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.83%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which rose 3.17% or 1.62 points to trade at 52.72 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) added 3.09% or 10.12 points to end at 337.48 and DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) was up 2.69% or 1.74 points to 66.47 in late trade.

Biggest losers included McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ), which lost 1.05% or 1.72 points to trade at 161.62 in late trade. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) declined 0.61% or 0.48 points to end at 77.79 and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) shed 0.56% or 0.48 points to 85.43.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY ) which rose 5.34% to 69.83, Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MU ) which was up 4.18% to settle at 52.59 and Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE: HST ) which gained 4.06% to close at 19.23.

The worst performers were L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was down 4.59% to 36.17 in late trade, Everest Re Group Ltd (NYSE: RE ) which lost 3.60% to settle at 250.65 and Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE: DLR ) which was down 3.41% to 100.99 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were MYnd Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: MYND ) which rose 32.21% to 1.97, Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN ) which was up 27.66% to settle at 3.000 and Arcadia Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: RKDA ) which gained 23.95% to close at 31.000.

The worst performers were Newater Technology Inc (NASDAQ: NEWA ) which was down 38.39% to 16.50 in late trade, China Advanced Construction Materials (NASDAQ: CADC ) which lost 21.21% to settle at 2.600 and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY ) which was down 19.95% to 17.21 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1648 to 1410 and 117 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1627 rose and 900 declined, while 144 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 8.30% to 18.56.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 1.59% or 21.60 to $1338.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.43% or 0.29 to hit $67.11 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.04 to trade at $72.10 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.30% to 1.2330, while USD/JPY rose 0.43% to 107.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 89.46.

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