U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.02%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.02%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.02%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.43%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.93%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which rose 6.94% or 3.35 points to trade at 51.62 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 2.27% or 3.86 points to end at 174.07 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 2.06% or 10.38 points to 513.61 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 0.68% or 0.91 points to trade at 132.09 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) declined 0.40% or 1.28 points to end at 315.77 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 0.02% or 0.04 points to 222.13.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA ) which rose 9.82% to 281.50, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) which was up 6.94% to settle at 51.62 and Monolithic Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: MPWR ) which gained 6.66% to close at 494.62.

The worst performers were EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE: EPAM ) which was down 6.13% to 287.84 in late trade, Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN ) which lost 3.79% to settle at 22.35 and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY ) which was down 3.53% to 57.73 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were InMed Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: INM ) which rose 43.05% to 1.08, Global Internet of People Inc (NASDAQ: SDH ) which was up 38.35% to settle at 1.84 and AgriFORCE Growing Systems Ltd (NASDAQ: AGRI ) which gained 34.89% to close at 4.91.

The worst performers were LiqTech International Inc (NASDAQ: LIQT ) which was down 36.32% to 2.98 in late trade, Vicinity Motor Corp (NASDAQ: VEV ) which lost 25.98% to settle at 2.45 and Volcon Inc (NASDAQ: VLCN ) which was down 17.87% to 2.16 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2071 to 1102 and 120 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2576 rose and 1290 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 8.06% to 21.67 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.26% or 24.40 to $1,961.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 3.06% or 3.52 to hit $111.41 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.96% or 3.60 to trade at $118.00 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.05% to 1.10, while USD/JPY rose 0.96% to 122.32.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 98.79.

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