U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.78%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.78%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.78%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.60%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ), which rose 2.64% or 6.44 points to trade at 250.61 at the close. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ) added 2.49% or 5.68 points to end at 233.99 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 2.40% or 4.15 points to 176.73 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 2.44% or 10.28 points to trade at 411.26 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 0.13% or 0.07 points to end at 55.30 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) shed 0.02% or 0.01 points to 60.98.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) which rose 8.35% to 98.70, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which was up 7.56% to settle at 20.92 and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL ) which gained 7.47% to close at 78.08.

The worst performers were Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE: CAH ) which was down 14.28% to 50.56 in late trade, Cigna Corp (NYSE: CI ) which lost 10.93% to settle at 206.19 and DXC Technology Co (NYSE: DXC ) which was down 8.14% to 38.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Score Media and Gaming Inc (NASDAQ: SCR ) which rose 79.69% to 32.59, Zymergen Inc (NASDAQ: ZY ) which was up 75.88% to settle at 14.51 and Sitime Corporation (NASDAQ: SITM ) which gained 30.95% to close at 184.63.

The worst performers were Robinhood Markets Inc (NASDAQ: HOOD ) which was down 27.55% to 51.00 in late trade, Inogen Inc (NASDAQ: INGN ) which lost 26.77% to settle at 60.24 and Itron Inc (NASDAQ: ITRI ) which was down 26.50% to 71.78 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2148 to 1050 and 102 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2493 rose and 1037 declined, while 129 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.84% to 17.28.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.44% or 7.95 to $1806.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 1.45% or 0.99 to hit $69.14 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 1.31% or 0.92 to trade at $71.30 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.1833, while USD/JPY rose 0.28% to 109.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 92.273.

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