U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.57%

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

At the close in NYSE, the gained 0.57%, while the index climbed 0.64%, and the index gained 0.60%.

The best performers of the session on the were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:), which rose 2.72% or 3.25 points to trade at 122.69 at the close. Meanwhile, Dow Inc (NYSE:) added 2.07% or 0.91 points to end at 44.92 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) was up 1.64% or 0.85 points to 52.93 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:), which fell 1.47% or 0.69 points to trade at 46.15 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE:) declined 1.06% or 3.96 points to end at 371.00 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:) was down 0.50% or 1.07 points to 211.76.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 5.18% to 84.89, Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 4.84% to settle at 280.48 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE:) which gained 4.80% to close at 8.96.

The worst performers were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:) which was down 3.47% to 16.13 in late trade, NetApp Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 3.10% to settle at 49.78 and Kroger Company (NYSE:) which was down 2.81% to 23.84 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ra Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 101.10% to 45.64, Superconductor Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 45.16% to settle at 0.3150 and OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 34.76% to close at 2.210.

The worst performers were Forescout Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 37.33% to 24.57 in late trade, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 32.48% to settle at 2.91 and Genprex Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 22.86% to 0.4821 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1724 to 1130 and 95 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1404 rose and 1203 declined, while 98 ended unchanged.

Shares in Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.47% or 0.58 to 16.13. Shares in Ra Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; rising 101.10% or 22.95 to 45.64. Shares in Genprex Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 22.86% or 0.1429 to 0.4821.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.58% to 17.60.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.93% or 14.10 to $1498.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 2.41% or 1.27 to hit $53.86 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $59.55 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1006, while USD/JPY fell 0.05% to 107.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.40% at 98.420.

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