U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%

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

At the close in NYSE, the gained 0.43%, while the index added 0.31%, and the index gained 0.26%.

The best performers of the session on the were Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:), which rose 3.25% or 1.85 points to trade at 58.86 at the close. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) added 2.82% or 4.74 points to end at 172.78 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) was up 1.67% or 4.01 points to 244.13 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:), which fell 2.42% or 1.20 points to trade at 48.47 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.65% or 1.65 points to end at 98.19 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) was down 0.85% or 0.74 points to 86.50.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 7.77% to 58.80, Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:) which was up 5.58% to settle at 71.01 and Franklin Resources Inc (NYSE:) which gained 5.52% to close at 26.21.

The worst performers were DuPont Inc (NYSE:) which was down 8.62% to 52.72 in late trade, United Rentals Inc (NYSE:) which lost 7.01% to settle at 141.58 and United Parcel Service Inc (NYSE:) which was down 6.70% to 108.00 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Datasea Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 48.74% to 2.767, Cleveland BioLabs Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 41.26% to settle at 3.1500 and SINTX Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 41.10% to close at 2.060.

The worst performers were Sundial Growers Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 41.47% to 1.51 in late trade, TMSR Holding Company Ltd (NASDAQ:) which lost 15.70% to settle at 1.306 and Amtech Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 15.77% to 5.34 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1410 to 1369 and 122 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1505 fell and 1140 advanced, while 64 ended unchanged.

Shares in Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; rising 7.77% or 4.24 to 58.80. Shares in DuPont Inc (NYSE:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 8.62% or 4.97 to 52.72. Shares in Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; up 5.58% or 3.75 to 71.01. Shares in Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; rising 3.25% or 1.85 to 58.86. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; rising 2.82% or 4.74 to 172.78. Shares in Sundial Growers Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; losing 41.47% or 1.07 to 1.51.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.49% to 15.49.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.19% or 2.95 to $1573.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.71% or 0.38 to hit $52.95 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.09% or 0.05 to trade at $58.13 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1036, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 108.95.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 97.688.

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