U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.51%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.51%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Basic Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.51%, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.56%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which rose 5.61% or 9.14 points to trade at 172.17 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) added 5.32% or 2.85 points to end at 56.44 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 4.92% or 5.61 points to 119.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 2.33% or 3.31 points to trade at 138.75 in late trade. 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) declined 1.49% or 2.78 points to end at 183.87 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) shed 1.24% or 1.52 points to 120.95.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which rose 11.80% to 41.97, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which was up 9.54% to settle at 18.14 and ABIOMED Inc (NASDAQ: ABMD ) which gained 9.80% to close at 360.81.

The worst performers were Lumen Technologies Inc (NYSE: LUMN ) which was down 21.81% to 12.01 in late trade, Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC ) which lost 14.48% to settle at 19.14 and ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ: VIAC ) which was down 11.61% to 49.50 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Lianluo Smart Ltd (NASDAQ: LLIT ) which rose 77.97% to 11.1056, The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: NCTY ) which was up 56.63% to settle at 16.070 and Big Rock Partners Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: BRPA ) which gained 50.97% to close at 54.41.

The worst performers were Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY ) which was down 36.34% to 33.67 in late trade, Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ: FOSL ) which lost 36.56% to settle at 15.01 and Genius Brands International Inc (NASDAQ: GNUS ) which was down 33.82% to 2.0250 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2178 to 925 and 70 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1761 rose and 1319 declined, while 68 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 23.95% to 28.30.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.25% or 4.60 to $1844.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.93% or 0.49 to hit $52.36 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.74% or 0.41 to trade at $55.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.20% to 1.2132, while USD/JPY rose 0.14% to 104.24.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 90.433.

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