U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.98%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.98%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.98%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.83%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 2.65% or 10.45 points to trade at 404.70 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) added 2.36% or 1.35 points to end at 58.51 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 2.16% or 7.12 points to 337.48 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ), which lost 0.41% or 0.86 points to trade at 209.12 in late trade. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) declined 0.39% or 0.55 points to end at 141.81 and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) shed 0.34% or 0.60 points to 177.80.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which rose 8.23% to 34.32, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F ) which was up 5.45% to settle at 14.89 and Capri Holdings Ltd (NYSE: CPRI ) which gained 5.14% to close at 50.95.

The worst performers were Pinnacle West Capital Corp (NYSE: PNW ) which was down 8.07% to 68.19 in late trade, Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE: LW ) which lost 6.61% to settle at 58.22 and Perrigo Company PLC (NYSE: PRGO ) which was down 4.68% to 46.25 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Merus NV (NASDAQ: MRUS ) which rose 37.45% to 27.49, New Fortress Energy LLC (NASDAQ: NFE ) which was up 25.51% to settle at 33.26 and Nutriband Inc (NASDAQ: NTRB ) which gained 23.31% to close at 7.83.

The worst performers were Prelude Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PRLD ) which was down 39.75% to 17.34 in late trade, Osmotica Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: OSMT ) which lost 37.58% to settle at 1.910 and Oric Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ORIC ) which was down 35.44% to 12.28 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2348 to 866 and 134 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2627 rose and 989 declined, while 162 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.95% to 19.54.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.33% or 5.75 to $1756.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.81% or 1.40 to hit $78.83 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.67% or 1.35 to trade at $82.43 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.1554, while USD/JPY rose 0.17% to 111.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 94.205.

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