U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.56%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.56%

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

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.56% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index added 1.71%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.73%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which rose 7.43% or 3.51 points to trade at 50.77 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 4.17% or 16.81 points to end at 420.36 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) was up 3.22% or 1.83 points to 58.74 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 1.96% or 4.34 points to trade at 217.44 in late trade. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) declined 0.79% or 0.62 points to end at 78.33 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) gained 0.19% or 0.30 points to 156.69.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) which rose 7.43% to 50.77, APA Corporation (NASDAQ: APA ) which was up 6.54% to settle at 26.22 and Affiliated Managers Group Inc (NYSE: AMG ) which gained 4.56% to close at 158.86.

The worst performers were U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB ) which was down 2.25% to 60.08 in late trade, Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) which lost 1.96% to settle at 217.44 and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC ) which was down 1.61% to 45.31 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Grove Inc (NASDAQ: GRVI ) which rose 39.32% to 6.98, NRX Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: NRXP ) which was up 26.17% to settle at 11.91 and Broadwind Energy Inc (NASDAQ: BWEN ) which gained 25.82% to close at 3.460.

The worst performers were Teligent Inc (NASDAQ: TLGT ) which was down 39.56% to 0.2014 in late trade, Up Fintech Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: TIGR ) which lost 21.19% to settle at 8.18 and Waitr Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WTRH ) which was down 18.90% to 1.0300 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2476 to 747 and 138 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2299 rose and 1298 declined, while 180 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.55% to 16.86 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.20% or 3.55 to $1798.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.36% or 1.09 to hit $81.53 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.32% or 1.10 to trade at $84.28 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.1599, while USD/JPY rose 0.40% to 113.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 93.972.

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