U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.23%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.30%, 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 3.20% or 0.90 points to trade at 29.03 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) added 1.97% or 5.37 points to end at 277.66 and Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ) was up 1.42% or 3.27 points to 233.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which lost 1.66% or 2.77 points to trade at 163.86 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 1.18% or 5.61 points to end at 469.91 and Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) shed 1.04% or 1.62 points to 154.45.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX ) which rose 9.01% to 320.37, Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN ) which was up 7.22% to settle at 271.56 and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN ) which gained 6.77% to close at 802.16.

The worst performers were Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION ) which was down 8.86% to 27.45 in late trade, Comerica Inc (NYSE: CMA ) which lost 8.58% to settle at 40.70 and Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO ) which was down 7.43% to 12.96 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were DiamondHead Holdings Corp (NASDAQ: DHHC ) which rose 82.63% to 18.92, Jaguar Health Inc (NASDAQ: JAGX ) which was up 39.51% to settle at 1.13 and SMX Security Matters Ord Shs Class A (NASDAQ: SMX ) which gained 35.79% to close at 1.29.

The worst performers were AVROBIO Inc (NASDAQ: AVRO ) which was down 27.64% to 0.89 in late trade, Trupanion Inc (NASDAQ: TRUP ) which lost 26.70% to settle at 41.19 and Cidara Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CDTX ) which was down 24.74% to 1.43 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1849 to 1154 and 91 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1933 fell and 1659 advanced, while 131 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.57% to 22.61.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 2.39% or 46.50 to $1,996.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 2.02% or 1.43 to hit $69.47 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.05 to trade at $75.44 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.03% to 1.08, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 130.85.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.26% at 102.24.

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