U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%

© Reuters. U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44% – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the gained 0.44%, while the index gained 0.77%, and the index added 1.49%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 10.47% or 40.28 points to trade at 425.04 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) added 1.58% or 1.25 points to end at 80.24 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) was up 1.42% or 0.66 points to 47.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:), which lost 2.82% or 3.85 points to trade at 132.88 in late trade. Chevron Corp (NYSE:) declined 2.70% or 2.33 points to end at 83.94 and Boeing Co (NYSE:) shed 2.44% or 3.95 points to 158.00.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 10.47% to 425.04, Kansas City Southern (NYSE:) which was up 9.68% to settle at 171.85 and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 8.17% to close at 253.67.

The worst performers were Under Armour Inc A (NYSE:) which was down 8.12% to 10.52 in late trade, Newell Brands Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 7.45% to settle at 16.40 and Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:) which was down 6.91% to 27.87 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Zion Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 65.32% to 0.4500, Betterware De Mexico SA de CV (NASDAQ:) which was up 56.26% to settle at 13.00 and DarioHealth Corp (NASDAQ:) which gained 53.66% to close at 12.40.

The worst performers were Taoping Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 58.18% to 3.6800 in late trade, Precipio Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 55.14% to settle at 3.140 and Liminal BioSciences Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 31.44% to 16.31 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1776 to 1274 and 89 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1893 fell and 913 advanced, while 63 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.21% to 24.46.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.49% or 28.90 to $1971.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 1.30% or 0.52 to hit $40.44 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.90% or 0.39 to trade at $43.64 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.57% to 1.1779, while USD/JPY rose 1.06% to 105.83.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.46% at 93.435.

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