U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.85%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.85%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.54%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.87%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), which rose 2.68% or 1.56 points to trade at 59.83 at the close. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) added 2.55% or 5.07 points to end at 203.51 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was up 2.27% or 2.18 points to 98.05 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which fell 5.75% or 11.19 points to trade at 183.30 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) declined 0.54% or 0.22 points to end at 40.76 and Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE:RTX) was down 0.48% or 0.30 points to 61.62.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) which rose 7.27% to 25.24, Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX) which was up 6.99% to settle at 98.39 and Hologic Inc (NASDAQ:HOLX) which gained 6.88% to close at 57.00.

The worst performers were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) which was down 5.75% to 183.30 in late trade, Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) which lost 5.70% to settle at 4.47 and Molson Coors Brewing Co Class B (NYSE:TAP) which was down 2.99% to 34.36 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Polar Power Inc (NASDAQ:POLA) which rose 262.04% to 4.960, Alterity Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ:ATHE) which was up 103.42% to settle at 1.1900 and Apex Global Brands Inc (NASDAQ:APEX) which gained 80.65% to close at 1.1200.

The worst performers were Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ZYNE) which was down 48.47% to 3.37 in late trade, Puhui Wealth Investment Management Co Ltd (NASDAQ:PHCF) which lost 22.90% to settle at 6.230 and PDS Biotechnology Corp (NASDAQ:PDSB) which was down 22.69% to 2.010 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1934 to 938 and 58 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1830 rose and 874 declined, while 54 ended unchanged.

Shares in Hologic Inc (NASDAQ:HOLX) rose to all time highs; rising 6.88% or 3.67 to 57.00. Shares in Molson Coors Brewing Co Class B (NYSE:TAP) fell to 5-year lows; down 2.99% or 1.06 to 34.36. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose to all time highs; rising 2.55% or 5.07 to 203.51.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.25% to 30.43.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.95% or 16.95 to $1798.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.18% or 0.07 to hit $39.77 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.05 to trade at $41.62 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1234, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 107.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 97.347.

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