U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.15%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.15%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Financials , Healthcare and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.15%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.92%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.79%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 5.44% or 27.32 points to trade at 529.75 at the close. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) added 4.58% or 4.95 points to end at 112.95 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 4.40% or 6.00 points to 142.48 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ), which lost 0.14% or 0.20 points to trade at 145.07 in late trade. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) added 0.32% or 0.50 points to end at 156.18 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) gained 0.40% or 0.59 points to 147.74.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C ) which rose 13.23% to 49.98, State Street Corp (NYSE: STT ) which was up 9.74% to settle at 65.67 and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX ) which gained 8.20% to close at 189.11.

The worst performers were Constellation Brands Inc Class A (NYSE: STZ ) which was down 2.56% to 244.54 in late trade, Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC ) which lost 1.94% to settle at 38.01 and Nextera Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE ) which was down 1.77% to 78.71 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were United Maritime Corp (NASDAQ: USEA ) which rose 175.91% to 6.07, ITHAX Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: ITHX ) which was up 40.60% to settle at 13.99 and Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp (NASDAQ: NYMX ) which gained 38.89% to close at 0.30.

The worst performers were Codexis Inc (NASDAQ: CDXS ) which was down 44.74% to 6.67 in late trade, Capstone Green Energy Corp (NASDAQ: CGRN ) which lost 33.54% to settle at 1.60 and Bimi International Medical Inc (NASDAQ: BIMI ) which was down 28.94% to 0.44 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2546 to 585 and 133 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2630 rose and 1093 declined, while 230 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 8.22% to 24.23 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.11% or 1.85 to $1,703.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.97% or 1.89 to hit $97.67 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 2.04% or 2.02 to trade at $101.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.01, while USD/JPY fell 0.26% to 138.54.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.49% at 107.88.

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