U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.17%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.17%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.89%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 3.41%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which rose 5.07% or 9.67 points to trade at 200.24 at the close. Meanwhile, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) added 4.73% or 10.50 points to end at 232.63 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was up 3.13% or 4.34 points to 142.97 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which fell 1.39% or 0.70 points to trade at 49.76 at the close. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) declined 0.87% or 2.00 points to end at 227.14 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) was down 0.80% or 1.83 points to 226.17.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH) which rose 13.41% to 140.47, SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG) which was up 12.33% to settle at 238.22 and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) which gained 11.13% to close at 427.14.

The worst performers were L3Harris Technologies Inc (NYSE:LHX) which was down 4.29% to 209.29 in late trade, Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) which lost 3.46% to settle at 63.00 and Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CTXS) which was down 3.42% to 101.94 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CALA) which rose 55.65% to 0.650, Inspira Technologies Oxy BHN Ltd (NASDAQ:IINN) which was up 36.52% to settle at 3.14 and Vaccinex Inc (NASDAQ:VCNX) which gained 33.63% to close at 1.510.

The worst performers were Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ:IMPP) which was down 55.05% to 0.98 in late trade, Appharvest Inc (NASDAQ:APPH) which lost 12.06% to settle at 2.99 and Vigil Neuroscience Inc (NASDAQ:VIGL) which was down 11.95% to 12.90 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2680 to 574 and 106 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 3323 rose and 582 declined, while 154 ended unchanged.

Shares in Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ:IMPP) fell to all time lows; losing 55.05% or 1.20 to 0.98. Shares in Appharvest Inc (NASDAQ:APPH) fell to all time lows; falling 12.06% or 0.41 to 2.99.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 10.23% to 24.83.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.76% or 13.60 to $1798.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.49% or 1.29 to hit $88.11 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.06 to trade at $89.28 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.00% to 1.1233, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 115.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.65% at 96.632.