U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.27%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.27%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.27% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.73%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 2.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which rose 3.30% or 3.88 points to trade at 121.57 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 2.35% or 2.09 points to end at 91.02 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 2.15% or 3.63 points to 172.12 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ), which lost 1.10% or 1.84 points to trade at 165.30 in late trade. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ) added 0.02% or 0.04 points to end at 248.39 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) gained 0.12% or 0.25 points to 211.33.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc (NYSE: BR ) which rose 7.93% to 183.19, Albemarle Corp (NYSE: ALB ) which was up 5.98% to settle at 281.60 and Penn National Gaming Inc (NASDAQ: PENN ) which gained 5.90% to close at 37.70.

The worst performers were Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which was down 8.40% to 208.32 in late trade, PerkinElmer Inc (NYSE: PKI ) which lost 1.89% to settle at 157.91 and Organon & Co (NYSE: OGN ) which was down 1.34% to 30.99 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Embark Technology Inc (NASDAQ: EMBK ) which rose 84.80% to 1.07, Twin Vee Powercats Co (NASDAQ: VEEE ) which was up 77.50% to settle at 7.10 and AN2 Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ANTX ) which gained 64.66% to close at 19.38.

The worst performers were Performance Shipping Inc (NASDAQ: PSHG ) which was down 44.88% to 0.34 in late trade, PLx Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: PLXP ) which lost 36.68% to settle at 1.64 and Imac Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BACK ) which was down 33.36% to 0.63 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2530 to 581 and 128 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2762 rose and 988 declined, while 200 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.32% to 19.53 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.53% or 9.55 to $1,816.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 2.61% or 2.46 to hit $91.88 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.69% or 1.68 to trade at $97.92 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.57% to 1.03, while USD/JPY rose 0.40% to 133.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.54% at 105.56.

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