U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%

U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%

Investing.com  | Feb 25, 2019 22:25

U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.23%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Technology and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.23% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.12%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP), which rose 2.02% or 1.11 points to trade at 56.08 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) added 1.97% or 2.73 points to end at 141.41 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) was up 1.36% or 0.68 points to 50.79 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), which lost 1.44% or 1.66 points to trade at 113.59 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) declined 1.25% or 2.41 points to end at 189.98 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) shed 0.94% or 2.51 points to 264.60.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) which rose 8.52% to 123.15, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) which was up 6.39% to settle at 10.82 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) which gained 3.78% to close at 51.36.

The worst performers were H&R Block Inc (NYSE:HRB) which was down 3.31% to 24.25 in late trade, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) which lost 3.22% to settle at 53.17 and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) which was down 2.65% to 31.95 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ONCE) which rose 120.09% to 113.48, China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ:CIFS) which was up 118.75% to settle at 2.80 and Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CMTA) which gained 74.66% to close at 26.06.

The worst performers were Windstream Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:WIN) which was down 46.89% to 0.45 in late trade, Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ:SKYS) which lost 38.66% to settle at 0.730 and Fronteo Inc (NASDAQ:FTEO) which was down 26.67% to 8.35 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1520 to 1489 and 102 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1332 fell and 1298 advanced, while 95 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.40% to 14.85.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.23% or 3.10 to $1329.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 3.21% or 1.84 to hit $55.42 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $64.94 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.1370, while USD/JPY fell 0.02% to 111.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 96.305.

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