U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.55%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.55%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.55%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.62%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.85%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 2.00% or 4.05 points to trade at 206.20 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) added 1.68% or 0.91 points to end at 55.14 and Honeywell International Inc (NASDAQ: HON ) was up 1.67% or 3.38 points to 205.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ), which lost 0.61% or 1.34 points to trade at 216.62 in late trade. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) declined 0.56% or 0.43 points to end at 75.73 and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) shed 0.22% or 0.31 points to 139.49.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA ) which rose 5.76% to 1067.00, ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ: VIAC ) which was up 4.80% to settle at 30.58 and Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MU ) which gained 4.52% to close at 94.42.

The worst performers were Coterra Energy Inc (NYSE: CTRA ) which was down 1.82% to 19.39 in late trade, Hologic Inc (NASDAQ: HOLX ) which lost 1.42% to settle at 76.12 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) which was down 1.41% to 58.71 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were 22nd Century Group Inc (NASDAQ: XXII ) which rose 38.64% to 3.050, Oncology Institute Inc (NASDAQ: TOI ) which was up 38.46% to settle at 10.44 and Pasithea Therapeutics Corp (NASDAQ: KTTA ) which gained 36.73% to close at 2.01.

The worst performers were InnovAge Holding Corp (NASDAQ: INNV ) which was down 35.64% to 5.31 in late trade, Jupiter Wellness Inc (NASDAQ: JUPW ) which lost 24.89% to settle at 0.954 and American Virtual Cloud Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AVCT ) which was down 24.00% to 1.900 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2289 to 971 and 126 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2679 rose and 1163 declined, while 181 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.60% to 17.96 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.42% or 7.65 to $1809.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.32% or 0.96 to hit $73.72 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.01% or 0.01 to trade at $76.61 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1331, while USD/JPY rose 0.04% to 114.41.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 96.035.

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