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U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 3.19%

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(C) Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 3.19% – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare, Technology and Utilities sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 3.19%, while the S&P 500 index added 3.35%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 3.62%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which rose 8.00% or 9.85 points to trade at 133.01 at the close. Meanwhile, Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) added 7.28% or 5.22 points to end at 76.95 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was up 7.03% or 10.53 points to 160.23 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which fell 6.00% or 9.72 points to trade at 152.28 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) added 0.32% or 0.09 points to end at 28.65 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) was up 0.81% or 1.28 points to 159.62.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Universal Health Services Inc (NYSE:UHS) which rose 12.52% to 100.13, Cigna Corp (NYSE:CI) which was up 10.52% to settle at 178.26 and Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) which gained 10.13% to close at 155.91.

The worst performers were Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) which was down 15.43% to 4.11 in late trade, Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) which lost 14.26% to settle at 5.41 and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL) which was down 13.71% to 29.77 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Electrocore LLC (NASDAQ:ECOR) which rose 199.88% to 1.210, Top Ships Inc (NASDAQ:TOPS) which was up 130.23% to settle at 0.5399 and Supercom Lt (NASDAQ:SPCB) which gained 107.73% to close at 1.0800.

The worst performers were Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:EYES) which was down 51.27% to 1.14 in late trade, Tilray Inc (NASDAQ:TLRY) which lost 27.36% to settle at 6.61 and Centennial Resource Development Inc (NASDAQ:CDEV) which was down 26.65% to 0.26 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1713 to 1172 and 41 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1648 rose and 1034 declined, while 56 ended unchanged.

Shares in Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) fell to 5-year lows; down 15.43% or 0.75 to 4.11. Shares in Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:EYES) fell to 52-week lows; falling 51.27% or 1.20 to 1.14. Shares in Centennial Resource Development Inc (NASDAQ:CDEV) fell to all time lows; losing 26.65% or 0.10 to 0.26.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 12.91% to 57.08.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.65% or 10.70 to $1643.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 5.76% or 1.24 to hit $20.27 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.05 to trade at $26.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1049, while USD/JPY rose 0.06% to 107.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.59% at 99.118.

U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 3.19%

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