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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.91%

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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas, Healthcare and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.91%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.80%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.81%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), which rose 1.91% or 1.35 points to trade at 72.08 at the close. Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) added 1.63% or 1.65 points to end at 102.92 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) was up 1.62% or 0.54 points to 33.86 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), which lost 0.29% or 0.15 points to trade at 51.97 in late trade. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) added 0.29% or 0.09 points to end at 29.61 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) gained 0.35% or 0.20 points to 57.60.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) which rose 4.89% to 13.85, EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) which was up 4.44% to settle at 72.64 and Rockwell Automation Inc (NYSE:ROK) which gained 4.22% to close at 122.06.

The worst performers were Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH) which was down 13.25% to 47.71 in late trade, Endo International PLC (NASDAQ:ENDP) which lost 3.73% to settle at 20.15 and Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) which was down 3.15% to 97.42 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Erickson Air-Crane Inc (NASDAQ:EAC) which rose 81.49% to 0.671, Nova Lifestyle I (NASDAQ:NVFY) which was up 45.20% to settle at 3.630 and Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CNET) which gained 28.57% to close at 1.8000.

The worst performers were Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:THLD) which was down 42.58% to 0.6775 in late trade, Delcath Systems Inc (NASDAQ:DCTH) which lost 28.41% to settle at 2.4700 and CalAmp Corp (NASDAQ:CAMP) which was down 14.99% to 13.95 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2240 to 917 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1820 rose and 683 declined, while 101 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.85% to 13.20.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.41% or 5.40 to $1320.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.33% or 0.16 to hit $47.99 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.34% or 0.17 to trade at $49.98 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.19% to 1.1240, while USD/JPY rose 0.34% to 101.37.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.04% at 95.39.

U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.91%
 

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