© Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.42%

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

At the close in NYSE, the gained 0.42% to hit a new 6-months high, while the index climbed 0.16%, and the index gained 0.02%.

The best performers of the session on the were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:), which rose 2.26% or 4.91 points to trade at 221.75 at the close. Meanwhile, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) added 2.25% or 3.06 points to end at 138.93 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:) was up 1.72% or 3.30 points to 194.91 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Pfizer Inc (NYSE:), which fell 1.25% or 0.50 points to trade at 39.38 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) declined 0.99% or 0.73 points to end at 73.19 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) was down 0.96% or 1.99 points to 205.91.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were United Rentals Inc (NYSE:) which rose 8.14% to 136.00, Snap-On Inc (NYSE:) which was up 6.48% to settle at 168.07 and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:) which gained 4.36% to close at 176.66.

The worst performers were Genuine Parts Co (NYSE:) which was down 6.33% to 105.45 in late trade, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:) which lost 4.90% to settle at 2.910 and Mattel Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 4.36% to 12.49 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Mustang Bio Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 112.03% to 5.64, Checkpoint Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 20.73% to settle at 3.32 and Novan Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 20.46% to close at 0.78.

The worst performers were Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 44.44% to 0.30 in late trade, StoneCo Ltd (NASDAQ:) which lost 23.69% to settle at 26.51 and Ideal Power Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 23.26% to 0.630 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 138 to 127 and 17 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 0 fell and 0 advanced.

Shares in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; rising 4.36% or 7.38 to 176.66. Shares in The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 2.25% or 3.06 to 138.93. Shares in McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; gaining 1.72% or 3.30 to 194.91. Shares in Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 44.44% or 0.24 to 0.30.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 12.09.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.01% or 0.01 to $1277.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.38% or 0.24 to hit $64.00 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $71.95 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.15% to 1.1245, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 111.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.49% at 97.132.

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