Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher.
At the close in NYSE, the rose 0.06%, while the index added 0.47%, and the index added 0.78%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 3.52% or 1.88 points to trade at 55.31 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) added 2.86% or 2.12 points to end at 76.16 and Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:) was up 2.16% or 5.18 points to 244.70 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:), which lost 3.78% or 8.88 points to trade at 225.77 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) declined 2.43% or 9.29 points to end at 373.49 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) shed 1.56% or 2.54 points to 160.40.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:) which rose 6.07% to 17.83, Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 4.49% to settle at 611.79 and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:) which gained 4.05% to close at 535.53.
The worst performers were Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:) which was down 4.69% to 25.58 in late trade, SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:) which lost 4.62% to settle at 566.79 and Macerich Company (NYSE:) which was down 3.83% to 17.32 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Orphazyme (NASDAQ:) which rose 309.18% to 21.40, Galecto Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 64.00% to settle at 8.20 and Trxade Group Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 63.24% to close at 6.7.
The worst performers were Aethlon Medical Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 36.70% to 6.830 in late trade, Ocugen, Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 27.93% to settle at 6.7100 and KLX Energy Services Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 24.87% to 10.15 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1612 to 1577 and 113 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1802 fell and 1669 advanced, while 152 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 10.01% to 16.10 a new 52-week low.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.32% or 6.00 to $1901.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.31% or 0.22 to hit $70.18 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.26% or 0.19 to trade at $72.41 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.02% to 1.2175, while USD/JPY fell 0.27% to 109.31.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 90.047.