U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.64%

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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare, Utilities and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.64%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.95%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.62%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM), which rose 3.34% or 5.60 points to trade at 173.05 at the close. Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) added 3.19% or 2.84 points to end at 92.00 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was up 2.94% or 3.08 points to 108.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which lost 4.88% or 9.16 points to trade at 178.67 in late trade. Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) declined 3.68% or 5.44 points to end at 142.43 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) shed 2.45% or 1.28 points to 51.06.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) which rose 8.43% to 183.41, FactSet Research Systems Inc (NYSE:FDS) which was up 8.01% to settle at 388.76 and Ceridian HCM Holding Inc (NYSE:CDAY) which gained 7.24% to close at 48.28.

The worst performers were The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) which was down 9.57% to 45.24 in late trade, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE:CF) which lost 9.01% to settle at 80.60 and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) which was down 7.60% to 104.53 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Blue Hat Interactive Entertainment  (NASDAQ:BHAT) which rose 263.03% to 2.73, FStar Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FSTX) which was up 59.80% to settle at 6.36 and TDH Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PETZ) which gained 54.74% to close at 2.94.

The worst performers were Applied Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:APLT) which was down 28.97% to 0.76 in late trade, Advent Technologies Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:ADN) which lost 21.91% to settle at 2.53 and Aeroclean Technologies LLC (NASDAQ:AERC) which was down 19.78% to 11.88 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1875 to 1306 and 104 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2420 rose and 1359 declined, while 208 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.41% to 29.07.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.65% or 11.95 to $1,826.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.85% or 1.96 to hit $104.23 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.58% or 1.77 to trade at $109.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.41% to 1.05, while USD/JPY fell 0.94% to 134.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 104.16.