U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.58%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.58%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.58% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.29%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 4.48% or 2.83 points to trade at 66.01 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) added 3.28% or 8.38 points to end at 263.59 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 3.17% or 7.17 points to 233.63 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which lost 1.11% or 0.61 points to trade at 54.10 in late trade. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) declined 0.83% or 1.11 points to end at 132.28 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) shed 0.75% or 1.68 points to 223.02.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN ) which rose 13.80% to 100.95, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM ) which was up 5.13% to settle at 60.05 and Expedia Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE ) which gained 5.04% to close at 185.27.

The worst performers were NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which was down 16.71% to 36.18 in late trade, AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV ) which lost 5.23% to settle at 105.04 and ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ: VIAC ) which was down 4.05% to 92.34 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Integrated Media Technology Ltd (NASDAQ: IMTE ) which rose 79.87% to 8.40, Oriental Culture Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: OCG ) which was up 76.96% to settle at 10.60 and Liquid Media Group Ltd (NASDAQ: YVR ) which gained 62.55% to close at 3.950.

The worst performers were Rubius Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RUBY ) which was down 24.42% to 24.19 in late trade, Anchiano Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ: CMMB ) which lost 21.71% to settle at 59.000 and CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: CHFS ) which was down 16.03% to 6.180 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 0 to 0; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 0 fell and 0 advanced on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.83% to 19.23 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.30% or 22.40 to $1749.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.03% or 0.02 to hit $64.62 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.13 to trade at $67.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.07% to 1.1986, while USD/JPY rose 0.09% to 108.93.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 91.343.

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