U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.17%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.17%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Industrials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.17%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.42%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.03%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 1.93% or 2.47 points to trade at 130.37 at the close. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) added 1.65% or 3.65 points to end at 224.44 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) was up 1.38% or 3.44 points to 253.34 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 2.09% or 2.86 points to trade at 133.68 in late trade. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) declined 1.42% or 0.79 points to end at 54.79 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) shed 1.36% or 2.07 points to 150.22.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP ) which rose 5.06% to 231.07, Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which was up 4.16% to settle at 575.57 and PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL ) which gained 3.58% to close at 264.74.

The worst performers were Constellation Brands Inc Class A (NYSE: STZ ) which was down 4.67% to 223.98 in late trade, Lumen Technologies Inc (NYSE: LUMN ) which lost 4.30% to settle at 12.90 and ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ: VIAC ) which was down 3.65% to 42.29 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Anchiano Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ: CMMB ) which rose 111.02% to 54.970, ORBCOMM Inc (NASDAQ: ORBC ) which was up 52.05% to settle at 11.51 and Vericity Inc (NASDAQ: VERY ) which gained 43.74% to close at 14.46.

The worst performers were Utime Ltd (NASDAQ: UTME ) which was down 47.55% to 43.10 in late trade, Astrotech Corp (NASDAQ: ASTC ) which lost 29.86% to settle at 1.550 and Franklin Wireless Corp (NASDAQ: FKWL ) which was down 13.99% to 17.3 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1876 to 1202 and 95 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2041 rose and 1139 declined, while 104 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.22% to 16.95 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.93% or 16.15 to $1757.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.12% or 0.07 to hit $59.84 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.27% or 0.17 to trade at $63.33 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.37% to 1.1914, while USD/JPY fell 0.52% to 109.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.090.

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