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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.11%

Published 2020/04/24, 23:25
© Reuters.  U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.11%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology, Basic Materials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.11%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.39%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which rose 4.87% or 9.86 points to trade at 212.18 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) added 2.89% or 7.94 points to end at 282.97 and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) was up 2.78% or 3.37 points to 124.72 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which lost 6.36% or 8.76 points to trade at 128.98 in late trade. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) declined 0.52% or 0.62 points to end at 118.78 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) shed 0.42% or 0.65 points to 154.86.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX) which rose 8.58% to 8.48, Invesco Plc (NYSE:IVZ) which was up 7.73% to settle at 7.80 and SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB) which gained 7.60% to close at 184.00.

The worst performers were Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC) which was down 8.84% to 8.04 in late trade, Helmerich and Payne Inc (NYSE:HP) which lost 8.12% to settle at 17.77 and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) which was down 6.36% to 128.98 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Mesoblast Ltd (NASDAQ:MESO) which rose 139.53% to 15.45, Microbot Medical Inc (NASDAQ:MBOT) which was up 47.91% to settle at 9.20 and Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LTRPB) which gained 38.58% to close at 37.57.

The worst performers were Golden Bull Ltd (NASDAQ:DNJR) which was down 32.89% to 1.5300 in late trade, Akazoo SA (NASDAQ:SONG) which lost 22.32% to settle at 1.16 and Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ:IDXG) which was down 15.11% to 5.0000 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1758 to 1112 and 68 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1767 rose and 874 declined, while 77 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 13.17% to 35.93 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.01% or 0.25 to $1745.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 4.18% or 0.69 to hit $17.19 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 2.72% or 0.58 to trade at $21.91 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.42% to 1.0821, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 107.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 100.265.

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