U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.48%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.48%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Telecoms and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.48% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.36%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which rose 2.27% or 1.17 points to trade at 52.81 at the close. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) added 1.67% or 5.39 points to end at 328.13 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) was up 1.13% or 3.82 points to 342.37 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 1.19% or 2.99 points to trade at 248.12 in late trade. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) declined 0.78% or 0.42 points to end at 53.30 and Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) shed 0.46% or 0.48 points to 102.94.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were PPG Industries Inc (NYSE: PPG ) which rose 8.73% to 167.41, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALXN ) which was up 3.86% to settle at 163.62 and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC ) which gained 3.76% to close at 43.83.

The worst performers were State Street Corp (NYSE: STT ) which was down 7.00% to 80.45 in late trade, Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK ) which lost 4.08% to settle at 46.05 and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG ) which was down 3.28% to 70.44 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN ) which rose 55.55% to 18.93, MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd (NASDAQ: MTSL ) which was up 34.32% to settle at 3.855 and Tian Ruixiang Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: TIRX ) which gained 30.15% to close at 16.10.

The worst performers were Sequential Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ: SQBG ) which was down 36.69% to 17.5050 in late trade, Wilhelmina (NASDAQ: WHLM ) which lost 30.56% to settle at 7.50 and NXT-ID Inc (NASDAQ: NXTD ) which was down 25.04% to 0.7796 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1674 to 1377 and 99 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1755 fell and 1423 advanced, while 111 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.93% to 16.25 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.53% or 9.40 to $1776.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.54% or 0.34 to hit $63.12 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.33% or 0.22 to trade at $66.72 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.14% to 1.1982, while USD/JPY rose 0.05% to 108.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 91.532.

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