U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.43%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.74%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.67%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 3.26% or 1.39 points to trade at 44.00 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 2.37% or 1.83 points to end at 78.93 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 2.37% or 8.78 points to 379.24 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 2.04% or 3.55 points to trade at 170.21 in late trade. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) declined 2.02% or 1.02 points to end at 49.57 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 1.65% or 0.67 points to 39.84.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALXN ) which rose 5.28% to 106.85, Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY ) which was up 5.25% to settle at 27.48 and Biogen Inc (NASDAQ: BIIB ) which gained 5.09% to close at 286.19.

The worst performers were Hasbro Inc (NASDAQ: HAS ) which was down 7.41% to 71.84 in late trade, Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL ) which lost 7.09% to settle at 13.75 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE: NCLH ) which was down 6.95% to 13.38 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Wilhelmina (NASDAQ: WHLM ) which rose 108.84% to 7.80, MediciNova Inc (NASDAQ: MNOV ) which was up 95.04% to settle at 11.00 and Histogenics Corp (NASDAQ: OCGN ) which gained 66.62% to close at 0.6280.

The worst performers were WiMi Hologram Cloud Inc (NASDAQ: WIMI ) which was down 34.97% to 7.29 in late trade, Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASNA ) which lost 33.33% to settle at 0.86 and Professional Diversity Network Inc (NASDAQ: IPDN ) which was down 31.09% to 1.3300 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1838 to 1234 and 67 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1637 rose and 1169 declined, while 52 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.26% to 24.74.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 2.11% or 40.10 to $1937.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.87% or 0.36 to hit $41.65 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.03 to trade at $43.98 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.1752, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 105.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.82% at 93.610.

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