© Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%

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

At the close in NYSE, the rose 0.29%, while the index gained 0.70%, and the index gained 1.04%.

The best performers of the session on the were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 2.14% or 6.63 points to trade at 316.96 at the close. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) added 1.78% or 0.84 points to end at 47.97 and Dow Inc (NYSE:) was up 1.65% or 0.85 points to 52.35 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:), which fell 3.14% or 9.28 points to trade at 285.85 at the close. Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) declined 0.51% or 0.74 points to end at 143.88 and Walmart Inc (NYSE:) was down 0.43% or 0.50 points to 115.88.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Albemarle Corp (NYSE:) which rose 5.21% to 75.86, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE:) which was up 4.88% to settle at 13.53 and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 4.06% to close at 113.92.

The worst performers were ABIOMED Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 11.09% to 168.10 in late trade, Illumina Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 3.69% to settle at 323.15 and Anthem Inc (NYSE:) which was down 3.57% to 296.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Adaptimmune Therapeutics Plc (NASDAQ:) which rose 200.00% to 3.99, Dare Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 96.92% to settle at 1.650 and NantKwest Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 91.01% to close at 6.80.

The worst performers were Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 65.14% to 0.760 in late trade, Aquestive Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 34.04% to settle at 4.36 and Jason Industries Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 26.12% to 0.240 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1943 to 872 and 99 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1647 rose and 1009 declined, while 62 ended unchanged.

Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.14% or 6.63 to 316.96. Shares in Acasti Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 52-week lows; down 65.14% or 1.420 to 0.760. Shares in NantKwest Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 91.01% or 3.24 to 6.80.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.91% to 12.32.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.75% or 11.65 to $1548.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.63% or 0.96 to hit $58.08 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $64.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1138, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 109.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 97.107.

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