U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.90% By Investing.com

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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 rose 0.90% to hit a new all time high, while the index gained 0.46%, and the index climbed 0.59%.

The best performers of the session on the were Dow Inc (NYSE:), which rose 4.02% or 1.92 points to trade at 49.70 at the close. Meanwhile, Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:) added 3.28% or 4.39 points to end at 138.35 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:) was up 2.72% or 1.32 points to 49.92 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:), which fell 4.15% or 5.82 points to trade at 134.29 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.57% or 1.27 points to end at 79.73 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) was down 1.37% or 0.59 points to 42.39.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were JB Hunt Transport Services Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 5.90% to 92.94, Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE:) which was up 5.11% to settle at 18.51 and L Brands Inc (NYSE:) which gained 4.04% to close at 26.50.

The worst performers were Illumina Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 16.12% to 305.05 in late trade, Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE:) which lost 5.11% to settle at 19.41 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:) which was down 4.15% to 134.29 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SG Blocks Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 59.38% to 1.02, OHR Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 30.19% to settle at 5.390 and Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 29.87% to close at 0.5000.

The worst performers were Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ:) which was down 26.78% to 0.4247 in late trade, Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 23.96% to settle at 0.342 and Hebron Technology Co Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was down 20.88% to 1.44 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1925 to 1060 and 29 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1480 rose and 1159 declined, while 107 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.18% to 12.39 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.78% or 10.95 to $1417.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.28% or 0.17 to hit $60.37 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.54% or 0.36 to trade at $66.88 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.17% to 1.1271, while USD/JPY fell 0.52% to 107.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 96.428.

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