U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.85%

© Reuters. U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.85%

Investing.com – 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 added 1.85%, while the index gained 1.95%, and the index added 1.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Chevron Corp (NYSE:), which rose 4.31% or 4.50 points to trade at 109.00 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:) added 4.13% or 2.41 points to end at 60.74 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:) was up 3.98% or 13.29 points to 347.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE:), which lost 0.66% or 1.49 points to trade at 223.22 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) declined 0.58% or 1.92 points to end at 327.37 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) gained 0.23% or 0.35 points to 150.91.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Helmerich and Payne Inc (NYSE:) which rose 12.56% to 32.44, Nov Inc (NYSE:) which was up 12.13% to settle at 17.29 and Apache Corporation (NASDAQ:) which gained 10.82% to close at 23.25.

The worst performers were Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:) which was down 12.31% to 28.85 in late trade, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:) which lost 5.57% to settle at 86.51 and Carnival Corporation (NYSE:) which was down 4.78% to 26.09 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:) which rose 304.90% to 5.79, Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:) which was up 45.93% to settle at 3.940 and XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:) which gained 29.76% to close at 3.750.

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The worst performers were Super League Gaming Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 33.11% to 5.90 in late trade, Evofem Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 30.28% to settle at 2.28 and Capital Franchising Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 25.88% to 11.5700 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2439 to 763 and 85 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2244 rose and 1092 declined, while 62 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 13.69% to 24.66.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.16% or 2.70 to $1698.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 3.81% or 2.43 to hit $66.26 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 4.20% or 2.80 to trade at $69.54 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.40% to 1.1918, while USD/JPY rose 0.38% to 108.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 92.018.

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