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 0.92% to hit a new all time high, while the index added 0.84%, and the index added 1.06%.
The best performers of the session on the were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 2.17% or 1.04 points to trade at 49.05 at the close. Meanwhile, Home Depot Inc (NYSE:) added 1.88% or 4.23 points to end at 228.82 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) was up 1.84% or 4.51 points to 249.72 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:), which fell 0.39% or 0.36 points to trade at 91.18 at the close. Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) declined 0.39% or 0.27 points to end at 68.82 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) was down 0.15% or 0.06 points to 40.61.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Morgan Stanley (NYSE:) which rose 6.61% to 56.44, Fox Corp Class A (NASDAQ:) which was up 4.35% to settle at 39.1100 and Capri Holdings Ltd (NYSE:) which gained 4.07% to close at 37.31.
The worst performers were Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:) which was down 7.83% to 46.72 in late trade, PPG Industries Inc (NYSE:) which lost 2.55% to settle at 127.41 and Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 2.37% to 286.14 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Aethlon Medical Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 57.71% to 2.760, TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 46.76% to settle at 4.3000 and Internap Corp (NASDAQ:) which gained 40.86% to close at 1.310.
The worst performers were Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 24.36% to 0.333 in late trade, Opera Ltd (NASDAQ:) which lost 18.74% to settle at 7.33 and KemPharm Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 16.67% to 0.40 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2014 to 769 and 115 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1938 rose and 705 declined, while 62 ended unchanged.
Shares in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 6.61% or 3.50 to 56.44. Shares in Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 1.84% or 4.51 to 249.72. Shares in Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 24.36% or 0.107 to 0.333.
The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.81% to 12.32.
Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.09% or 1.45 to $1552.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.35% or 0.78 to hit $58.59 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $64.68 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.1136, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 110.17.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 97.060.
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