U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.88%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.88% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.64%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 2.56%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which rose 6.35% or 7.43 points to trade at 124.40 at the close. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) added 3.17% or 6.58 points to end at 214.12 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was up 2.59% or 5.59 points to 221.40 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which fell 1.58% or 0.78 points to trade at 48.58 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) declined 1.16% or 1.52 points to end at 129.46 and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) was down 0.45% or 0.58 points to 127.21.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) which rose 6.35% to 124.40, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) which was up 5.79% to settle at 7.67 and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) which gained 5.12% to close at 48.25.

The worst performers were CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE:CF) which was down 5.78% to 29.52 in late trade, Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) which lost 4.51% to settle at 3.39 and Apache Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) which was down 3.72% to 9.31 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Wah Fu Education Group Ltd (NASDAQ:WAFU) which rose 114.69% to 6.870, Hexindai Inc (NASDAQ:HX) which was up 58.52% to settle at 2.6000 and Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON) which gained 41.80% to close at 1.030.

The worst performers were Avenue Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATXI) which was down 58.97% to 4.53 in late trade, Lonestar Resources US Inc (OTC:LONEQ) which lost 39.80% to settle at 0.150 and Oasis Petroleum Inc (OTC:OASPQ) which was down 37.94% to 0.096 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1848 to 1215 and 105 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1689 rose and 1197 declined, while 81 ended unchanged.

Shares in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 5.12% or 2.35 to 48.25. Shares in Avenue Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATXI) fell to 52-week lows; losing 58.97% or 6.51 to 4.53. Shares in Lonestar Resources US Inc (OTC:LONEQ) fell to all time lows; falling 39.80% or 0.100 to 0.150. Shares in Oasis Petroleum Inc (OTC:OASPQ) fell to all time lows; falling 37.94% or 0.059 to 0.096.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.28% to 25.07.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.06% or 1.20 to $1927.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 2.71% or 1.10 to hit $39.50 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $41.75 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1809, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 105.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 93.073.

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