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U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.69%

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(C) Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.69%

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

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.69%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.34%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.42%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which rose 5.15% or 24.38 points to trade at 497.48 at the close. Meanwhile, Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) added 1.61% or 1.74 points to end at 109.75 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) was up 0.91% or 2.55 points to 283.23 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which fell 1.23% or 2.08 points to trade at 167.50 at the close. Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE:RTX) declined 1.18% or 0.72 points to end at 60.27 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) was down 0.75% or 0.31 points to 41.01.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) which rose 5.15% to 497.48, NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) which was up 4.47% to settle at 507.34 and Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) which gained 4.41% to close at 207.01.

The worst performers were Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) which was down 6.75% to 95.88 in late trade, Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) which lost 4.36% to settle at 5.27 and News Corp B (NASDAQ:NWS) which was down 3.69% to 14.63 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Hancock Jaffe Laboratories (NASDAQ:HJLI) which rose 63.89% to 0.4602, Harpoon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HARP) which was up 30.63% to settle at 15.31 and Bio Path Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BPTH) which gained 30.30% to close at 5.16.

The worst performers were Stein Mart Inc (NASDAQ:SMRT) which was down 34.60% to 0.0739 in late trade, Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO) which lost 32.42% to settle at 1.230 and VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR) which was down 27.02% to 2.620 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2030 to 991 and 104 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1954 fell and 863 advanced, while 55 ended unchanged.

Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) rose to all time highs; rising 5.15% or 24.38 to 497.48. Shares in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) rose to all time highs; rising 4.47% or 21.70 to 507.34. Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) rose to all time highs; gaining 5.15% or 24.38 to 497.48. Shares in Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) rose to all time highs; up 1.61% or 1.74 to 109.75. Shares in Stein Mart Inc (NASDAQ:SMRT) fell to all time lows; falling 34.60% or 0.0391 to 0.0739.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.79% to 22.54.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.06% or 1.10 to $1947.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 1.21% or 0.52 to hit $42.30 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.34% or 0.60 to trade at $44.30 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.53% to 1.1796, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 105.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.46% at 93.205.

U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.69%

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