U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.60%

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

At the close in NYSE, the added 0.60%, while the index climbed 0.73%, and the index climbed 1.13%.

The best performers of the session on the were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:), which rose 2.62% or 4.81 points to trade at 188.70 at the close. Meanwhile, Boeing Co (NYSE:) added 2.35% or 7.92 points to end at 344.67 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) was up 1.88% or 0.90 points to 48.87 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:), which fell 1.06% or 0.64 points to trade at 59.96 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.03% or 1.20 points to end at 115.25 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:) was down 0.76% or 2.19 points to 287.03.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Macerich Company (NYSE:) which rose 11.30% to 26.00, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 5.09% to settle at 52.26 and Loews Corp (NYSE:) which gained 4.81% to close at 55.81.

The worst performers were ABIOMED Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 6.86% to 174.08 in late trade, National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE:) which lost 5.38% to settle at 22.88 and Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:) which was down 5.22% to 40.82 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 52.38% to 3.200, Kezar Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 34.58% to settle at 5.02 and Co-Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 32.00% to close at 3.960.

The worst performers were Valeritas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 42.91% to 0.3625 in late trade, Technical Communications (NASDAQ:) which lost 33.92% to settle at 3.00 and Benitec Biopharma Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:) which was down 25.27% to 5.56 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1634 to 1161 and 85 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1517 rose and 1113 declined, while 84 ended unchanged.

Shares in Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; up 5.09% or 2.53 to 52.26. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; up 2.62% or 4.81 to 188.70. Shares in Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 1.06% or 0.64 to 59.96. Shares in vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; up 52.38% or 1.100 to 3.200. Shares in Valeritas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; losing 42.91% or 0.2725 to 0.3625. Shares in Co-Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; up 32.00% or 0.960 to 3.960.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.78% to 15.04.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.14% or 2.15 to $1575.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.37% or 0.69 to hit $49.63 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $53.41 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.0912, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 109.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 98.745.

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