U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.62%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.62%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Financials , Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.62%, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.15%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.91%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which rose 7.41% or 5.78 points to trade at 83.81 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 4.54% or 12.61 points to end at 290.61 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) was up 4.53% or 1.90 points to 43.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ), which lost 0.55% or 0.24 points to trade at 43.70 in late trade. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) declined 0.23% or 0.29 points to end at 123.42 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.10% or 0.11 points to 113.81.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS ) which rose 14.66% to 228.71, Leggett & Platt Incorporated (NYSE: LEG ) which was up 9.79% to settle at 27.03 and Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF ) which gained 9.62% to close at 59.16.

The worst performers were Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which was down 8.20% to 3.36 in late trade, Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET ) which lost 3.80% to settle at 205.59 and Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA ) which was down 3.45% to 10.36 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Applied DNA Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: APDN ) which rose 71.09% to 15.21, Glory Star New Media Group Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: GSMG ) which was up 45.79% to settle at 3.56 and Allogene Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ALLO ) which gained 35.96% to close at 42.12.

The worst performers were CytomX Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CTMX ) which was down 36.08% to 9.23 in late trade, Organovo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ONVO ) which lost 33.87% to settle at 0.5900 and Citius Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CTXR ) which was down 25.23% to 0.830 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1596 to 1302 and 58 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1364 fell and 1294 advanced, while 61 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.57% to 32.61.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 1.28% or 22.00 to $1738.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 9.37% or 2.37 to hit $27.66 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.35% or 0.11 to trade at $31.50 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.0806, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 107.26.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 100.330.

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  • Lerato Bernard Shale @Lerato Bernard Shale
    The US index closed with an impressive move
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