U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.20%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.20%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Basic Materials and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.20%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.30%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which rose 4.83% or 8.99 points to trade at 195.11 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) added 1.30% or 2.60 points to end at 203.19 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 1.03% or 1.10 points to 108.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 3.39% or 5.13 points to trade at 146.05 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 1.86% or 2.36 points to end at 124.75 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) shed 1.12% or 0.43 points to 37.85.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Darden Restaurants Inc (NYSE: DRI ) which rose 8.12% to 97.31, Jefferies Financial Group Inc (NYSE: JEF ) which was up 6.80% to settle at 18.23 and Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which gained 4.88% to close at 286.31.

The worst performers were CarMax Inc (NYSE: KMX ) which was down 11.00% to 94.28 in late trade, Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN ) which lost 7.04% to settle at 214.42 and Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which was down 5.14% to 2.77 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Sunworks Inc (NASDAQ: SUNW ) which rose 238.79% to 3.930, Peck Company Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PECK ) which was up 131.67% to settle at 7.90 and Polar Power Inc (NASDAQ: POLA ) which gained 92.19% to close at 3.690.

The worst performers were Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ: GLNG ) which was down 32.35% to 6.86 in late trade, Kubient Inc (NASDAQ: KBNT ) which lost 25.32% to settle at 2.92 and MediciNova Inc (NASDAQ: MNOV ) which was down 22.04% to 4.67 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1545 to 1518 and 94 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1633 fell and 1214 advanced, while 78 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.24% to 28.51.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.20% or 3.65 to $1872.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.65% or 0.26 to hit $40.19 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $41.74 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.02% to 1.1670, while USD/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 105.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 94.390.

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