U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.37%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.37%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.37%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which rose 2.96% or 1.49 points to trade at 51.78 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 2.09% or 2.00 points to end at 97.71 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.84% or 3.82 points to 211.78 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ), which lost 2.58% or 5.94 points to trade at 224.18 in late trade. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) declined 1.55% or 4.17 points to end at 264.15 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) shed 1.45% or 2.39 points to 162.05.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Quanta Services Inc (NYSE: PWR ) which rose 12.06% to 114.04, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG ) which was up 6.70% to settle at 17.35 and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY ) which gained 5.98% to close at 26.58.

The worst performers were Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ: ADSK ) which was down 5.20% to 287.47 in late trade, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL ) which lost 4.60% to settle at 43.57 and Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS ) which was down 2.91% to 25.68 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were AgileThought Inc (NASDAQ: AGIL ) which rose 69.40% to 23.530, Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ: ANY ) which was up 41.78% to settle at 9.400 and Data Storage Corp (NASDAQ: DTST ) which gained 29.59% to close at 5.080.

The worst performers were Meten Edtechx Education Group Ltd (NASDAQ: METX ) which was down 57.32% to 0.3924 in late trade, Unico American Corporation (NASDAQ: UNAM ) which lost 17.39% to settle at 3.610 and Assembly Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: ASMB ) which was down 16.15% to 3.270 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2030 to 1143 and 159 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2181 rose and 1304 declined, while 153 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.86% to 16.41.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.22% or 4.05 to $1811.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.65% or 1.13 to hit $69.72 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.62% or 1.16 to trade at $72.75 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.31% to 1.1874, while USD/JPY fell 0.03% to 109.96.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 92.222.

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