U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.57% By Investing.com

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

At the close in NYSE, the rose 0.57% to hit a new 1-month high, while the index added 0.88%, and the index added 1.39%.

The best performers of the session on the were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:), which rose 2.48% or 5.23 points to trade at 215.81 at the close. Meanwhile, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:) added 2.21% or 5.76 points to end at 265.98 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:) was up 1.80% or 3.66 points to 206.64 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were International Business Machines (NYSE:), which fell 2.81% or 3.70 points to trade at 127.79 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) declined 1.97% or 0.73 points to end at 36.34 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:) was down 1.62% or 1.22 points to 74.00.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 14.11% to 120.94, eBay Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 6.47% to settle at 55.45 and Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 3.73% to close at 126.18.

The worst performers were Coty Inc (NYSE:) which was down 5.08% to 3.55 in late trade, Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:) which lost 4.78% to settle at 13.75 and Apache Corporation (NASDAQ:) which was down 4.64% to 9.67 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:) which rose 110.67% to 3.750, VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:) which was up 61.35% to settle at 16.280 and Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:) which gained 35.87% to close at 0.437.

The worst performers were ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 22.28% to 2.79 in late trade, Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 18.19% to settle at 0.811 and CUI Global Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 16.67% to 0.900 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1577 to 1478 and 110 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1624 rose and 1248 declined, while 90 ended unchanged.

Shares in Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 14.11% or 14.95 to 120.94. Shares in Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 110.67% or 1.970 to 3.750. Shares in VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; rising 61.35% or 6.190 to 16.280.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.16% to 25.00 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 2.18% or 41.30 to $1936.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.55% or 0.64 to hit $40.55 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 1.25% or 0.54 to trade at $42.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.60% to 1.1829, while USD/JPY fell 0.37% to 105.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.68% at 93.012.

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