U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.33%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.33%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.33%, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.84%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 2.69%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 7.54% or 9.85 points to trade at 140.50 at the close. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) added 7.00% or 12.33 points to end at 188.40 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) was up 3.99% or 4.73 points to 123.41 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ), which lost 2.03% or 5.14 points to trade at 248.28 in late trade. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) declined 1.25% or 1.14 points to end at 90.00 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) shed 0.32% or 0.56 points to 177.15.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Generac Holdlings Inc (NYSE: GNRC ) which rose 10.29% to 268.95, SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SEDG ) which was up 10.28% to settle at 300.49 and DexCom Inc (NASDAQ: DXCM ) which gained 9.86% to close at 311.83.

The worst performers were Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL ) which was down 5.22% to 45.76 in late trade, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE ) which lost 5.20% to settle at 14.96 and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN ) which was down 4.28% to 630.70 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were NRX Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: NRXP ) which rose 47.48% to 0.84, Repare Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RPTX ) which was up 44.80% to settle at 12.67 and Talkspace Inc (NASDAQ: TALK ) which gained 34.35% to close at 1.76.

The worst performers were Aeglea Bio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AGLE ) which was down 51.33% to 0.73 in late trade, Immunic Inc (NASDAQ: IMUX ) which lost 46.78% to settle at 3.14 and Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN ) which was down 43.18% to 1.00 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2488 to 699 and 106 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2870 rose and 924 declined, while 193 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.78% to 24.72 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.29% or 23.85 to $1,872.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.83% or 2.11 to hit $117.37 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.56% or 1.81 to trade at $118.10 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.95% to 1.07, while USD/JPY fell 0.20% to 129.85.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.73% at 101.78.

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