U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.42%

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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the gained 1.42%, while the index gained 1.42%, and the index gained 1.40%.

The best performers of the session on the were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 2.80% or 6.19 points to trade at 227.01 at the close. Meanwhile, Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) added 2.73% or 2.26 points to end at 85.00 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) was up 2.28% or 3.23 points to 144.96 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:), which rose 0.07% or 0.03 points to trade at 45.34 at the close. 3M Company (NYSE:) added 0.38% or 0.59 points to end at 155.82 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:) was up 0.49% or 1.12 points to 227.93.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 4.37% to 80.64, Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:) which was up 4.20% to settle at 18.96 and Chubb Ltd (NYSE:) which gained 3.59% to close at 162.06.

The worst performers were HP Inc (NYSE:) which was down 9.57% to 16.64 in late trade, Apache Corporation (NYSE:) which lost 5.18% to settle at 22.16 and Corteva Inc (NYSE:) which was down 3.68% to 25.8900 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 74.60% to 0.4400, Electrocore LLC (NASDAQ:) which was up 34.85% to settle at 2.67 and Microvision Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 27.61% to close at 0.741.

The worst performers were Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ:) which was down 28.67% to 1.020 in late trade, Ovid Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 26.76% to settle at 2.40 and Arcimoto Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 16.67% to 2.35 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2129 to 713 and 99 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1755 rose and 863 declined, while 86 ended unchanged.

Shares in HP Inc (NYSE:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 9.57% or 1.76 to 16.64. Shares in Chubb Ltd (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; up 3.59% or 5.61 to 162.06. Shares in Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ:) fell to 5-year lows; down 28.67% or 0.410 to 1.020.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 10.88% to 17.04.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.23% or 3.55 to $1510.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.01% or 0.53 to hit $52.98 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.37% or 0.79 to trade at $58.50 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.13% to 1.0978, while USD/JPY rose 0.04% to 106.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 98.510.

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