U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.74%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.74% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.13%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.95%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which rose 2.75% or 5.11 points to trade at 191.01 at the close. Meanwhile, Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) added 2.24% or 2.92 points to end at 133.11 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) was up 2.18% or 3.04 points to 142.69 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which fell 0.47% or 0.83 points to trade at 175.00 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) declined 0.47% or 2.37 points to end at 505.29 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) was down 0.38% or 0.85 points to 222.86.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) which rose 7.91% to 993.98, EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:EPAM) which was up 6.92% to settle at 303.72 and Moderna Inc (NASDAQ:MRNA) which gained 6.47% to close at 186.72.

The worst performers were Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) which was down 2.55% to 38.19 in late trade, Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) which lost 2.19% to settle at 101.58 and Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) which was down 2.17% to 65.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were JX Luxventure Ltd (NASDAQ:LLL) which rose 119.50% to 4.39, Q And K International Group Ltd (NASDAQ:QK) which was up 50.69% to settle at 2.17 and Draganfly Inc (NASDAQ:DPRO) which gained 41.32% to close at 2.36.

The worst performers were Statera Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:STAB) which was down 43.38% to 0.34 in late trade, Oric Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ORIC) which lost 28.74% to settle at 4.76 and Applied Genetic (NASDAQ:AGTC) which was down 27.22% to 1.31 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1976 to 1205 and 127 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2793 rose and 1061 declined, while 223 ended unchanged.

Shares in Statera Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:STAB) fell to all time lows; losing 43.38% or 0.26 to 0.34. Shares in Oric Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ORIC) fell to all time lows; losing 28.74% or 1.92 to 4.76. Shares in Applied Genetic (NASDAQ:AGTC) fell to all time lows; losing 27.22% or 0.49 to 1.31.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.51% to 22.94 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.47% or 9.15 to $1,920.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.99% or 1.09 to hit $108.88 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.56% or 0.65 to trade at $114.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.14% to 1.10, while USD/JPY rose 1.13% to 120.82.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 98.49.